Best Ways to Protect Your Teeth While Playing Sports

By Bruce R. Schechter DDS
May 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sports Care  

Sports DentistryIf you play sports, you may not be considering the impact that your activities could have on your teeth. But dental injuries due to sports are quite common. It’s important to think about ways to protect your teeth whether you’re going up for a jump shot or catching a fly ball, and while Dr. Bruce Schechter is happy to help mend your broken teeth, he wants to help you learn how to avoid such injuries in the first place!

Why Protect Your Teeth?

If your teeth are hit or knocked loose, it could cause permanent oral problems resulting in expensive repairs. If you have a tooth knocked out, you may need visit your dentist to have it replaced with a dental implant or a bridge. Chips or cracks in the tooth can be repaired with bonding or veneers. But untreated injuries could result in decay, or even gum disease that could affect surrounding teeth.

How to Protect Teeth

There are two primary methods of protecting your jaw and teeth from sports injury.

1. Wear a Helmet

Many amateur and professional sports teams require protective gear such as a helmet. But if you’re just playing for fun in the backyard, you may forget this important piece of protection. However, a helmet can help protect your head and mouth from speed and forceful impact. If you’re participating in any sport, such as bike riding, football, or skateboarding, always wear a helmet.

2. Wear a Custom Mouth Guard

In order to prevent injury to your mouth, gums, and teeth, wearing a custom mouth guard is necessary. These mouth guards are made by your dentist to fit your mouth perfectly to feel comfortable during play. You can also buy a less expensive version at many sporting goods stores, but it may not be as comfortable as one your dentist custom fits for your bite. Milford Family Dentistry of Milford, CT will custom fit a mouth guard to meet your needs.

If you play sports, take good care of your teeth. Always wear protection and see your dentist right away if you experience any injury to the mouth or jaw. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to find out how best to protect your teeth from sports injury.