Respectable endodontists have a petition for athletes. You wouldn’t spar without wrapping your hands or play soccer 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 is also the most overlooked (especially for kids).
There are more injuries in youth sports today than ever before, perhaps because there are more children and teens playing than ever before-to the tune of 25 million in the united states alone. Experts in the American Dental Association estimate that about 36 percent of unintentional childhood injuries come from sports and around 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 general health.
“I’ll kick your teeth in!” Is a fairly common”threat” that can be heard on the playing field, but it’s a little too close for comfort. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, dental injuries are undoubtedly the most common of any facial injury. In fact, someone who plays sports is 60 times more likely to harm their teeth if they don’t wear a mouth guard. Dental injuries may result in severe, permanent issues involving oral and dental structures.
There are many types of teeth injuries including fractures, avulsions and luxations. Fractures can be at the root, tooth or”just a processor.” If possible, collect the tooth pieces and take them in milk or beneath the tongue to an emergency dentist. Never touch it by the root, and put it back in the socket if possible whilst going to an urgent care dentist. Luxations happen when the tooth gets knocked into the wrong place but remains attached.
Timing is Everything
Timing is vital in both sports and dental care. Some hardcore athletes will want to complete a game despite an injured tooth-don’t let them. You’ll get the best results and may only have the ability to save the tooth if you find a dentist or endodontist in just two hours. Naturally, preventing dental accidents is preferable and it begins with wearing 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 vital in preventing concussions. If there’s any possibility of contact or impact in a sport, 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 might moan about how uncomfortable a mouth guard is. Yes, it is going to take some getting used to, but a correctly fitting mouth guard shouldn’t be uncomfortable. In actuality, training using a mouth guard can even make athletes improve their breathing, allowing for more oxygenated blood.