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Speed and Contact Sports- How to Avoid Dental Injury

We are coming up on football season, and with it the reminder that in any contact sport (or speed sport) there is susceptibility to dental injury if you’re not adequately protected. In fact, it is estimated that between 13-39% of all dental injuries occur while playing sports. As well, at least 80% of dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. The damage that can occur from sports is something to note and be aware of so that you take the needed precautions to protect you and your family.

If you or your loved one is involved in speed or contact sports, there are a few ways to help prevent dental injury:

Wear a Mouth Guard

Did you know that approximately 200k mouth injuries per year are prevented simply by the use of mouth guards? Wearing a mouth guard is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to prevent injury to your mouth, teeth, and gums. There are several types of mouth guards. Here is an overview of your options:

Wear a Helmet

If you are involved in speed or impact sports, a helmet is a must. Such sports include skating, hockey, football, and bike riding, etc.

General Tips to Preventing Dental Injury

Even outside of sports, damage to the teeth can occur. A couple of additional tips to prevent everyday damage to your teeth include:

Even when you take precautions, we do know that damage can occur. What happens, then, if a tooth does get damaged or knocked out as a result of an injury? Most often it can be saved if proper steps are taken and if dental treatment is sought right away. In addition to calling our office or heading to the emergency room, you will also want to make sure you keep the damaged tooth moist, as this will help preserve the tooth and increase the likelihood it can be salvaged.

Remember, Holman Family Dentistry is your family’s partner for long-term dental health and is here to help you and your family maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime.

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