Protecting Teeth When Playing Sports

Feb 25, 2013

Biking, racquetball, karate, skating, football, etc. When it comes to exercise, there are dozens of choices.  Some of those choices require protective gear like helmets and kneepads. When it comes to protecting yourself (or your active children), just don’t forget to also protect your teeth.

Hands down, the best way to do that is to invest in a quality mouth guard that has been molded to fit your mouth. Essentially a plastic device worn over the teeth, a mouth guard protects your cheeks and gums as well. If you ever experience the hard knock of an elbow or knee to your face, or even a hard ball missing its target, you’ll be happy you’re wearing one. A mouth guard will both absorb and distribute the force of the impact, minimizing the injury done to the hard and soft tissues of your mouth.

Make sure the mouth guard is molded to your teeth so it fits snugly and has the optimal ability to protect you from getting chipped or broken teeth.

Not sure if you need one? A general rule is that if you need a helmet, you need a mouth guard as well. Your dentist can help you obtain one that fits well and keeps your teeth padded from injury.

We’re all for being active—it’s essential to a healthy lifestyle and is also great fun.  But you can’t grow back permanent teeth once they’ve been injured or knocked out, so protect them well when playing hard. Otherwise, you might be calling us soon for dental implants or bridges here at Noble Smile.

It’s your choice!