Playing sport, whether it is for school or a local team or just for enjoyment, is great. It provides social interaction, exercise and a whole lot of fun. However, with all this enjoyment comes the potential risk of dental trauma.
It is therefore highly recommended to use a mouthguard for anyone playing any form of contact sport or martial arts. Young children playing football, soccer, netball, basketball, hockey etc. are encouraged to play with a mouthguard to minimise the chance and the subsequent effect of any traumatic incident that might occur. Remember that injuries can occur just as much during training as during the game!
Dental trauma from sporting injury can be as minor as a slightly chipped tooth or as extensive as a dead tooth nerve, cracked or knocked-out teeth, a broken jaw, damage to the tongue and cut lips. With that in mind, just a single episode of trauma can set you up for a lifetime of dental treatment in order to maintain the strength and health of the damaged tooth/teeth. Repair work does not last forever, so a damaged tooth will often become a lifelong problem.
The great is that mouthguards can be made in a relatively short time period and can usually be done in your favourite colours. Custom-fitted mouthguards, provided through your dentist ensure that breathing and speaking are a lot easier when wearing it and are generally a lot more comfortable than ‘boil-and-bite’ or DIY at home alternatives. The boil-and-bite and DIY don’t offer the same degree of protection as they are not always well fitting, which can be dangerous during impact.
The old adage of prevention is better than a cure rings so true with dental trauma, so wearing a mouthguard helps protect your teeth and preserves your smile.
Enjoy playing sport; and no matter if you win or lose, remember to smile because it is just a game and you should have fun.