Teeth and Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can include injury to the teeth and in order to safeguard against potentially serious and painful injuries, certain precautions should be taken. Mouthguards are a good form of protection. All athletes, young and old, should wear them.
Mouthguards act as shock absorbers for the teeth and help to avoid fractured or lost teeth. There are three types of mouthguards, Custom fitted latex, mouth-formed, and stock. They vary in price, effectiveness, and comfort. Your dentist can recommend which one would be most useful relative to the sport during which it will be worn. Hockey, lacrosse, football, squash, and boxing are sports which all require the use of a good mouthguard. These sports are high risk as far as dental injuries are concerned, and necessary precautions must be taken. Volleyball, baseball, skateboarding, and basketball are all sports, which are less risky. However, we should take proper care with these sports as well. If the jaw or teeth sustain an injury, notify your dentist immediately, or go to the hospital emergency room if necessary.
A fractured jaw needs to be cared for immediately. So does a tooth which has been knocked out if it is going to be successfully re-implanted. If the jaw is broken, it will be painful, and very difficult to use the jaw. Immobilize the jaw, you may want to tie a cloth around it, do not move your mouth. Go to your dentist or the Emergency Room immediately.