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Importance of Mouthguards During Sports
Posted on 4/12/2021 by Aron Geelan, DMD
More than 5 million teeth are broken off every year, most during sports activities. Protecting your smile during sports is very important for your oral health. At Geelan Dental Care, Aron Geelan, DMD and , we can create custom mouthguards for you that can reduce the risk of oral trauma during sports activities.
Reasons to Wear Mouthguards
Sports mouthguards play an important role in preventing the following injuries:
Dental Fractures and Displacement
The main purpose of using sports mouthguards is to prevent tooth fractures, chips, and avulsions while you are participating in sports. The force of a ball to your mouth can mean cracked incisors and thousands of dollars in expensive and aggressive dental restoration procedures. By wearing sports mouthguards, you can reduce the risk of injury to your teeth.
When something hits your face or if you fall to the ground hard, it can cause jaw dislocation and fracture. Mouthguards help to distribute the force of a blow to your jaw. They provide an effective buffer against blows, saving you from sustaining injuries that require surgical intervention.
A hard object to your mouth not just has the potential to break your teeth or dislocate your jaw, it can injure the soft tissues of your mouth as well. If your face is hit by a ball or an elbow, it can make you bite through your tongue or lip. This can leave injuries that require stitches.
In severe cases, you may get facial scars. Such injuries can also make it difficult for you to chew, speak, and smile.
Mouthguards can protect you from such injuries.
Children, teens, and athletes are very susceptible to the above injuries since they regularly participate in sports activities. That is why we strongly recommend you wear mouthguards during such activities. If you want to keep your pearly whites in fine shape, call us today at (971) 323-1990 to schedule a consultation with us and we will make a custom sports mouthguard for you.
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