Most parents and children understand the need for wearing a protective helmet when playing a contact sport, but there is another very important piece of equipment for safety when playing sports, Mouth Guards. Everyone should wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. It has been reported that an athlete is 50 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard.  Often times these injuries can result in permanent damage to your teeth and other oral structures.

Most Common Types of Dental Injuries

• Fracture – can be classified as a root fracture, broken and or chipped tooth or teeth.

• Avulsion – entire tooth including the root, are knocked out.

• Luxation – tooth in socket, but turned in the wrong position.

With any of these types of injuries do not allow the athlete to finish the game before seeking treatment.  Get them to a dentist within 2 hours for the best outcomes.

Selecting a Mouth Guard

• Ready Made – a stock type of mouth guard

• Mouth Formed – boil the material and bite type of mouth guard

• Custom Made – mouth guard made by a dentist to properly fit your mouth

Mouth guards vary in price and comfort, yet all provide some type of protection.  A mouth guard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and should not restrict speech or breathing.  Dental injuries can easily be prevented by getting a custom fitted mouth guard made by the dentist.  It is important to remember that damaged teeth do not grow back so protect that perfect smile by “Wearing a Mouth Guard.” 

I hope this Tooth Talk has helped and call Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email with any questions you may have.