Protecting Your Teeth While Playing Sports
Sports-related injuries are some of the more common ways to damage teeth. A direct blow to the mouth by an elbow or a ball can lead to soft tissue damage, a broken tooth, or a knocked-out tooth. This type of damage can lead to lifelong damage and expensive restorations. Dr. Frame can help you protect your smile so that you can participate in your favorite activities without worry.
A mouth guard can be your best friend. A mouth guard is a specially designed dental appliance that shields your teeth and absorbs some of the impact from a direct blow. The guard is typically made of a strong but bendable material. If you are hit in the face or fall, the energy dissipates harmlessly. Over-the-counter boil-and-bite guards are available, but Dr. Frame offers mouth guards that are custom made and offer better protection. Helmets, faceguards, and other protective equipment can also be beneficial.
If an injury does occur, prompt action can save your smile. If a tooth is knocked out, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, call us as soon as possible. A knocked-out tooth must be handled carefully and treated immediately for the best chance of saving it.
An athlete faces a thirty-three to fifty-six percent chance of experiencing a tooth-related injury at some point during their lifetime, and about a ten percent chance of injury every playing season. Experts estimate that properly fitted mouth guards and faceguards prevent 200,000 injuries every year. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist Dr. Frame.
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