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|What to Do if You Have a Sports-Related Tooth or Mouth Injury|
Follow these tips if you experience an injury to a tooth or your mouth:
Mouthguards Protect Your Teeth from Sports-Related Injuries
An injury can happen in a second when you play sports. A fall or an elbow to your mouth can knock out or loosen teeth, resulting in pain and costly dental work. Mouthguards offer a simple way to prevent injuries to your teeth or mouth no matter what sport you enjoy.
What are Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and fit over your top teeth, cushioning your teeth and mouth. Several types of mouthguards are available, including:
Why Should I Wear a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards offer multiple benefits to athletes:
Who Needs to Wear Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are a good choice whether you play a team sport or an individual one. They are a smart choice if you play football, hockey, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball or baseball, but are equally important for skateboarders, rollerbladers, bicyclists or horseback riders. If there is any possibility that you could experience a fall or blow to the face while participating in a sport, it's a good idea to protect your teeth with a mouthguard. Mouthguards help prevent injuries in children or teens, but they are also an essential piece of sports equipment for adults.
How Do I Take Care of a Mouthguard?
Mouthguard care is easy. Rinse your mouthguard before and after you wear it and use soapy water to clean it. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly after washing. Store your mouthguard in its case to allow it to dry and to protect it from curious pets that just may decide it's the perfect chew toy. Don't leave your mouthguard out in the sun, as the heat from the sun can change the shape of your mouthguard. If your mouthguard is worn or does not fit well any longer, replace it immediately.
Do you want to protect your teeth from sports-related injuries? Call us today to schedule an appointment for your custom-made mouthguard.
American Dental Association: Mouthguards
Academy for Sports Dentistry: FAQs
Dentistry Today: Athletic Mouthguards: Indications, Types and Benefits, 12/01/05
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Prevent Injuries First
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