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Mouthguards Can Protect You from Traumatic Dental Injuries During Sports

Engaging in sports activities is not only fun, but it is beneficial to your health. However, sports do come with risks of injuries, especially contact sports such as football, rugby, wrestling, and others. A good number of these injuries are to the mouth, and they result in several serious dental problems - from tooth loss to teeth alignment issues, jawbone problems, and others. However, did you know it is possible to minimize the risk of, or even avoid, these traumatic dental injuries? At Dublin Family Dental, we offer various preventive dental care solutions, including sports mouthguards, which protect your mouth from damage in the event of a blow to your mouth.

Common Sports-related Dental Injuries

Injuries are quite common during sports, and some athletes even view them as a rite of passage. However, when the injuries are to the mouth, the damage caused can be extensive. Some of the most common sports-related dental injuries include:
•  Fractured, cracked, chipped, or broken teeth.
•  Knocked-out teeth.
•  Tooth intrusion - this occurs when a blow to the mouth causes a tooth/teeth to be driven into the jawbone.
•  Fractured jawbone.
•  Bites to the lips or cheeks.
•  Ruptured gums.

Preventing Dental Injuries During Sports Using a Mouthguard

Depending on the severity, a sports-related dental injury can lead to huge problems such as excessive bleeding, tooth loss, damage to the gums, jawbone damage, teeth and bite alignment issues, and more. The injuries and the problems they cause can, however, be prevented by wearing a mouthguard when taking part in a sports activity.

Sports mouthguards are made of a thick plastic material, which is designed like dental trays, thus forming to the shape of your teeth, gums, and the jaw. By doing this, they offer a barrier between the teeth on the upper and lower jaw, which ensures that they do not come into contact in case of a blow to the mouth. The barrier also helps to prevent the biting of your lips and cheeks in case of an injury.

On top of that, the mouthguard cushions your teeth and jawbone from any impact to your mouth - for example, during a collision, or when you are hit by a ball, stick, or any other item. Therefore, in the event of an injury, the mouthguard helps to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from damage.

Types of Sports Mouthguard

Sports mouthguard come in some options, which include:
•  Boil and Bite Mouthguards - these are mouthguards are made of a thermoplastic material that softens when put in hot water. Biting on them immediately afterward (removing them from the hot water) helps to create a custom fit - with the now soft plastic forming to the shape of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
•  Stock mouthguards - these are standard mouthguards (available off the shelf) that come in a wide variety of sizes, allowing you to choose the ideal size. However, since they are not designed for any particular person, they often have fitting problems.
•  Custom-fit mouthguards - these are mouthguards that are custom-designed and created specifically for your mouth. They offer an accurate and comfortable fit, which helps to increase their effectiveness in protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw from damage.

In sports, it is always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry. By wearing a mouthguard, you can be able to prevent serious dental injuries, which could have lasting consequences. Call Dublin Family Dental today at (925)833-0500 to find out more about a custom sports mouthguard you can wear during sports activities.
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