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Find out why you should wear a mouthguard the next time you step out onto the basketball court.
Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year, and many are due to sports? This means that nearly $500 million is spent each year to replace teeth. Unfortunately sports get a bad rap in the dental world, particularly fast-paced games like basketball, which have the potential for increase facial traumas due to close contact. However, your Paducah dentist recommends that all basketball players don a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums from damage while playing.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a flexible protective appliance that is worn over your teeth to reduce the chance of injury. While mouthguards can be used for other conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ, mouthguards are a great way to protect your smile during contact sports.
What are the different types of mouthguards?
The standard mouthguard can be purchased at your local drug store or sporting good store. However, these already come pre-formed so they won’t be fitted to your smile (think of these mouthguards as a “one size fits most” device). They are less expensive than other mouth guards; however, they may not feel as comfortable or fit as well. These mouthguards are often made of rubber and can feel a bit bulky.
You can also find mouthguards at the drug store that you have to boil first and then place over your teeth to help mold it. These may conform to your smile a bit better, but again you may still feel like they are too bulky. Plus they won’t offer the same protection and comfort of a custom-made mouthguard.
Your Paducah dentist can custom design a mouthguard to offer you superior fit and protection. We will make an impression of your smile and then send these measurements to a lab for fabrication. While these are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill mouthguards, they will provide a level of protection that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Also, if you are interested in customized mouthguards then you should check out Fierce mouthguards. All of their products are custom fabricated and come in 27 fun designs. Choose from standard colors like pink or blue or opt for fun prints like Camo.
Don’t hit the court until you have a mouthguard to protect your smile. While it might seem like a hassle now, you’ll be glad you are wearing one when you don’t have to deal with painful dental treatments to correct a damaged tooth. To find out more about getting custom-made mouthguards, call our office today!
It might seem that adults who play aggressive, high-contact professional sports (ice hockey, for example) have the highest chance of sustaining dental injuries. But for many — like NHL hall-of-famer Mike Bossy — their first injured teeth came long before they hit the big time.
“The earliest [dental injury] I remember is when I was around 12,” the former New York Islanders forward recently told an interviewer with the Huffington Post. That came from a stick to Bossy's mouth, and resulted in a chipped front tooth. “Unfortunately, money was not abundant back in those days, and I believe I finally had it repaired when I was 16.” he said.
You may also think there's a greater chance of sustaining dental trauma from “collision sports” like football and hockey — but statistics tell a different story. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), you (or your children) are more likely to have teeth damaged while playing soccer than football — and basketball players have a risk that's 15 times higher than football players.
So — whether the game is hockey, basketball or something else — should you let the chance of dental injury stop you or your children from playing the sports they love? We think not... but you should be aware of the things you can do to prevent injury, and the treatment options that are available if it happens.
Probably the single most effective means of preventing sports-related dental injuries is to get a good, custom-made mouth guard — and wear it. The AGD says mouthguards prevent some 200,000 such injuries every year. And the American Dental Association says that athletes who don't wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to sustain harm to the teeth than those who do.
Many studies have shown that having a custom-fitted mouthguard prepared in a dental office offers far greater protection then an off-the-shelf “small-medium-large” type, or even the so-called “boil and bite” variety. Using an exact model of your teeth, we can fabricate a mouthguard just for you, made of the highest-quality material. We will ensure that it fits correctly and feels comfortable in your mouth — because if you don't wear it, it can't help!
But even if you do have an injury, don't panic: Modern dentistry offers plenty of ways to repair it! The most common sports-related dental injuries typically involve chipped or cracked teeth. In many cases, these can be repaired by bonding with tooth-colored composite resins. For mild to moderate injury, this method of restoration can produce a restoration that's practically invisible. It's also a relatively uncomplicated and inexpensive procedure, which makes it ideal for growing kids, who may elect to have a more permanent restoration done later.
If you have questions about mouthguards or sports-related dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards,” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”