Helmets, gloves, ankle braces, shoulder pads - it may seem like safety equipment for a sport is never-ending. However, one of the most important pieces of equipment - the mouthguard - often goes overlooked. Your dentists in Venice, FL - Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Brent Beyer and Dr. Frank Lewicki - often treat dental emergencies as a result of not wearing a mouthguard during sports practices or competitions. While our dentists have the experience to handle these sorts of emergencies, they also want to help their patients understand and prevent the likelihood of experiencing a dental injury while on the field or in the ring. Here's how mouthguards can help protect your teeth.
Which sports put my teeth at the most risk for damage?
The American Dental Association (ADA) has a list of sports that make the teeth particularly susceptible to damage. In general, any sport that requires contact with a ball or puck (football, baseball, basketball, hockey or water polo, for example), contact with other players (boxing, martial arts, wrestling) or those that put the athlete at a higher risk of falling (skating, gymnastics) are more likely to cause dental damage. This can include tooth fractures, displacement or avulsion - the total loss of a tooth.
How can I protect my teeth?
To lessen the risk of dental emergencies, your Venice emergency dentist recommends soft plastic mouthguards to all athletes. While one-size-fits-all mouthguards can be purchased at a low price, only custom-fitted mouthguards offer individualized protection against dental injuries. They are also designed to be more comfortable, durable and permit normal breathing and talking. Your dentists--Dr. Davis, Dr. Beyer and Dr. Lewicki--can recommend the best brands available.
If you'd like more information on how to protect your teeth as an athlete, contact Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL. We'd be happy to help make this sports season your best yet!