The month of April is National Facial Protection Month, which is why various dental associations are reminding athletes and recreational sports players about the importance of facial protection such as mouthguards to protect their teeth.
Mouthguards can help shield the face from a blow and lessen the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the face, jaw, lips or tongue. Athletes are 60% more liable to suffer damages to the teeth if they are not wearing a mouth guard. Dental associations urge athletes, coaches, caregivers and patients to be proactive about the use of mouthguards whenever necessary especially for children who ages from 7 to 8 years old since they are most susceptible to sport-related injuries.
Collision and contact sports such as soccer and boxing have a higher risk of suffering from mouth-related injuries than any other sports. However, any athlete or any person may still experience a dental injury in non-contact sports and recreational activities as well such as skating and gymnastics.
When using a mouth guard, make sure that the one you are using is custom-made for your mouth by your dentists to ensure optimal fit and protection. However, if you can’t afford to get a personalized mouth guard, a stock version will still do the job. These are available at various sporting good stores.
Accordingly, apart from wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth from injury or trauma, it also helps take necessary precaution as well. You need to avoid biting hard candies or ice to help protect your teeth from injury while eating.
Take note that any trauma to the mouth the result to bleeding, lacerations to the gums, and fracture or dislodge teeth are considered as a dental emergency and requires immediate medical attention. It is important to see a dentist since if this is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.