Sports dental injuries and safety with mouth guards

By August 23, 2023 No Comments

In all kinds of sports and outdoor activities,  which could just be like running around for fun, the children can never be careful.  As a parent, we are always worried when they fall down and tend to injure themselves.

Why not take the necessary precautions beforehand rather than end up with an injury?

We are advising you to wear a mouthguard.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouth guard, which is also called a gum shield or sports guard is an appliance that covers the teeth and the surrounding soft and hard tissues and protects them from trauma.  Athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to sustain oral or dental injury.


Treatment of dental and oral injuries costs nearly 50,000 to 100,000 rupees, so why not take the necessary precautions?

Dental injuries fall into three categories

*tooth fracture

* Root fracture and

* Tooth displacement injuries

Also, jaws can also get damaged and lips and cheeks can get lacerated. Teeth can damage the lips and cheeks when injury happens.

Mouthguards can prevent accidental bites.

Wearing a mouthguard will not affect the athlete’s ability to breathe.

Athletes should wear a mouth guard when participating in sports field or track.

A mouth guard will protect soft tissues  from injury,

Cushion the teeth against impact and prevent injuries to the Jaws. Mouth guards could be performed or they could be custom made,  which are made by the dentist. The preformed are more bulky and so are uncomfortable,  making it hard to talk and call players.

In case of injuries where the tooth is completely knocked out from the socket,  it should be picked up immediately,  either kept in the mouth in saliva or in a medium like milk.

Report to the dentist immediately.

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