A warm and confident smile is one of the most attractive features a person can possess. Brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as regular visits to your dentist can keep your teeth in great condition. But, dental injury can pose a threat to your smile if you do not protect well when playing contact sports and engaging in recreational activities. Today we are going to have a look at how to protect your teeth from dental injury by wearing sports mouthguards.
Why Dental Injuries Should Be Avoided?
We all get one set of permanent or adult teeth that needs to last for our entire lifetime, and for most people, diligent dental hygiene can keep dental decay at bay. But if you are an active sports player or enjoy high-risk recreational activities, you may not be aware of the fact that even though these activities can keep you fit and healthy, they can put your teeth at risk of damage and injury.
Dental injuries are expensive to treat. They can cause downtime, which means time away from work or school, and they can cause embarrassment until they have been resolved. Sports mouthguards are the only way to cushion your mouth and teeth against dental injury and to prevent debilitating and serious consequences.
How To Protect Your Teeth From Dental Injury?
The Importance Of Sports Mouthguards
Sports mouthguards that are custom-fitted for your mouth, create an effective cushion or barrier that stops your jaws from impacting one another. Sports mouthguards are even more important if you wear orthodontic braces as braces can cause damage themselves.
Wearing a protective mouthguard can
- Protect your teeth against chipping, fractures and breaks
- Protect your teeth from being knocked out
- Protect your soft tissue and tongue from being bitten
- Prevent damage to your jaw
- Prevent concussion
You can buy mouthguards from sports stores that are made in standard sizes. You can also buy boil and bite mouthguards but it’s important that you have your sports mouthguards custom-made for your mouth. A custom mouthguard ensures you can breathe and communicate easily while playing sports. It offers the best barrier against impact, by absorbing the shock and distributing it over a bigger surface area.
When worn consistently and correctly, sports mouthguards provide a comfortable and reliable way to look after your teeth. They should not cause a gag reflex and should be odourless and tasteless.
Wear A Helmet
Wearing a protective helmet protects your skull, but it also protects your teeth from impact and damage in the event that you fall down.
Wear A Nightguard
If you are someone who grinds their teeth, especially at night, wearing a night guard can help you to avoid damage to your teeth. Constant grinding and clenching can weaken, crack and chip your teeth.
If you want to know more about how to protect your teeth, you should speak to your dental practitioner about having a custom mouthguard fitted. Play safe and be prepared. Contact us for an appointment