Orange City and Deltona, FL
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, approximately 30 million children and teenagers participate in some form of contact sport. And, without a sports guard like the professional-grade mouthpieces provided by your Orange City family dentist at Terry Soule, DDS, your child or teen could be at the risk of a potentially catastrophic dental injury while playing their sport of choice.
Sports dental injuries are more common than you may think
Statistics released by the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries show that a dental injury is the most common variety of facial injury that is suffered among young people who are participating in a contact sport, which is defined as any sport where an impact with another athlete or a piece of equipment is possible.
As you can imagine, any of these collisions that impact the face can lead to serious injury. In many cases, a dental sports injury causes complete tooth loss, or avulsion, which occurs when a tooth is knocked out of its socket due to an impact.
Other potential orofacial consequences of a dental sports injury include the following:
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Damage to dental restorations, such as fillings, crowns, and dental bridges
- Damage sustained to the tooth root
Injuries or lacerations to the lips, cheeks, and tongue
- Jaw injuries, including dislocation or fracture
This does not include the financial cost of a dental sports injury, which often requires visiting an emergency dentist, or the lost income or classroom instruction time to have the injury repaired or recuperate from the damage done. Dental sports injuries also often can be extremely painful.
Protect your mouth with a sports guard
Protective equipment is a key part of participating in a contact sport, and this list of equipment should include a mouth guard intended to be worn during sports. The sports guards available at Terry Soule, DDS, represent the pinnacle in dental protection for athletes. Our sports guards may look like the mouthguards that you can find available for purchase in stores, but your Orange City dentist offers guards that are made of much higher-quality materials. Each of our sports guards also is constructed from impressions of the patient’s mouth, making for a snug, secure, and comfortable fit that will provide maximum protection for your teeth and mouth during any competition or practice.
- Clean your sports guard regularly after each use by rinsing it in cool water, using a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Rinse thoroughly, and then store your guard in a durable and vented container so that it can remain dry.
- Never leave your sports guard in the sun or immersed in hot water.
- Never share your sports guard, it is only meant for the person it was made for.
If you receive a sports guard from your DeBary dentist Dr. Soule, you need to take care of it. Any guard that is showing signs of visible damage needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Protect against the potential damage and trauma that comes from suffering a dental sports injury. Equip any member of your family who plays a contact sport with a comfortable and well-fitting sports guard as provided by Terry Soule, DDS. Call our office at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.
Terry Soule, DDS, serves patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.