Written on December 3, 2013, by North Creek Dental Care
Did you know that between 13% – 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports and at least 80% of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth? Damage to both the tongue or cheek are also common. Like many extremities of the body, teeth can be saved after they have been knocked out if you get to a dentist quickly enough. If a tooth is chipped or cracked it can be repaired with tooth-colored materials that are nearly as strong as the original tooth.
To prevent these costly damages however, it is important to protect your mouth with a mouth guard (as commonly used by football players). These devices prevent about 200,000 mouth injuries a year. A custom fit mouth guard from your dentist usually fits better than a ready-made one from the sporting-goods stores. The next best thing is a “boil-and-bite” mouth guard which is a soft plastic that will mold to your teeth once heated in boiling water.
A helmet should be warn for high impact sports such as bike riding, hockey, football and skating. Helmets should fit properly and be appropriate to the sport you are playing.
If you actively participate in sports, then come see us at North Creek Dental Care and ask us about custom-fit mouth guards.