It’s High School Sports time! With school starting back again, sports, such as football and basketball, will be in full swing. Since dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities, a properly fitted mouthguard or mouth protector in all contact sports are recommend. If you participate in team sports or other activities with risks of injury to the teeth, jaw and oral soft tissues (such as the mouth, lip, tongue, or inner lining of the cheeks) we recommend you use a mouthguard, especially in any sporting or recreational activity.
Studies of mouthguard users and nonusers have shown that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues.
“According to a 2007 meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effectiveness of mouthguards in reducing injuries, the overall injury risk was found to be 1.6-1.9 times greater when a mouthguard was not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity. Another study of collegiate basketball teams found that athletes wearing custom-made mouthguards sustained significantly fewer dental injuries than those who did not.
For sporting activities that are inherently contact-oriented (e.g., football), orofacial protectors or faceguards are also appropriate for added safety and protection. The ADA has endorsed the preventive value of orofacial protectors, including helmets, faceguards and mouth protectors, for use by participants in sporting and recreational activities with some degree of injury risk and at all levels of competition.” (according to the American Dental Association)
A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment. Talk to Dr Brogdon about selecting a mouthguard that will offer you the best protection. Your smile may depend upon it.
With school back in session and football season fast approaching, we wanted to discuss the use of mouthguards to protect your teeth.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry…
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports activities. A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. They may also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.
Mouthguards should be worn by players in a number of sporting activities including, basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating and martial arts, as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling.
Here are some points to remember for the proper care of your mouthguard.
- Clean your mouthguard by washing it with soap and cool (not hot) water.
- Before storing, soak your mouthguard in mouthwash.
- Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use. Make sure the box has several holes so the mouthguard will dry.
- Heat is bad for a mouthguard, so don’t leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed automobile.
- Don’t bend your mouthguard when storing.
- Don’t handle or wear someone else’s mouthguard.
- Call your dentist if there are any problems.
The best mouthguard is one made by your dentist to fit your mouth. Call us today at Brogdon Dental to set up an appointment to have your child fitted before participating in their sport activities.