Respectable endodontists have a petition for athletes. You wouldn’t spar without wrap your hands or play football without shin guards, do you? While there is key equipment in each sport-most of it designed for safety-arguably the most important is the mouth guard. Unfortunately, it’s also the most overlooked (especially for children ).
There are more accidents in youth sports today than ever before, possibly because there are more children and teens playing than ever before-to the tune of 25 million in the US alone. Experts in the American Dental Association estimate that about 36 percent of unintentional childhood injuries come from sports and up to 20 percent of them involve the teeth or jaw.
Looking like a stereotypical hockey player is not appealing and, worse, it can cause serious harm to your overall wellbeing.
“I will kick your teeth in!” Is a pretty common”threat” that can be heard on the playing area, but it’s a little too close for comfort. In actuality, somebody who plays sports is 60 times more likely to damage their teeth if they don’t wear a mouth guard. Dental injuries can lead to severe, permanent issues involving oral and dental structures.
There are many types of teeth injuries including fractures, avulsions and luxations. Fractures can be in the origin, tooth or”just a chip.” If possible, collect the tooth pieces and take them in milk or under the tongue to an emergency dentist. Avulsions are a fancy way of saying a tooth gets knocked out. Never touch it by the root, and put it back in the socket if possible while heading into an urgent care dentist. Luxations happen when the tooth gets knocked into the wrong position but is still attached.
Timing is Everything
Timing is vital in both sports and dental care. Some hardcore athletes will want to finish a game even with an injured tooth-don’t allow them. You’ll get the best results and might only have the ability to save the tooth if you see a dentist or endodontist within two hours. Of course, preventing dental accidents is preferable and it begins with sporting a guard. These devices aren’t all created equally. A custom-fitted mouth guard, preferably provided by a dentist, offers the best protection.
Mouth guards do not just protect the teeth-they’re also important in preventing concussions. If there’s any chance of impact or contact in a game, guards are a wise idea. The ADA specifically recommends that they are worn for acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
The younger the child, the more they may moan about how uncomfortable a mouth guard is. Yes, it is going to take some getting used to, but a correctly fitting mouth guard should not be uncomfortable. In actuality, training with a mouth guard can even make athletes improve their breathing, allowing for more oxygenated blood.