The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports

With spring sports in full force and summer right around the corner, protecting yourself from injury is critical. The use of a mouthguard can help prevent injuries to the teeth, jaw, mouth, cheeks, and tongue. If you are in the Savannah area and have experienced an oral injury, contact Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carla Roher.

When participating in sports, the use of a mouthguard should not be overlooked. The American Dental Association states that 10-20% of sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries. If a protective mouthguard isn’t worn while participating in sports that may cause injury, it’s possible that you may obtain an injury that results in permanent damage to oral structures. Additionally, you also put yourself at risk for:

  • broken teeth
  • lip and cheek injuries
  • fracturing of crowns or bridgework
  • fracturing of the jaw
  • chipped teeth
  • root damage

With dental injuries being the most common orofacial injury to those involved in sports, athletes who choose to not wear a protective mouthguard are 60 times more likely to sustain some form of oral injury. The use of mouthguards can prevent the occurrence of more than 200,000 oral injuries a year.

When playing any sport that may involve contact with objects, players, or factors such as falling to the ground, a mouth guard is essential whether you are a child or an adult. If you or your child have experienced dental injury while playing a sport, getting prompt treatment is important as it can help prevent further damage.

Our experienced Savannah dentist can help to repair or treat any oral damage you may have incurred while playing sports, to schedule an appointment contact Medical Arts Dentistry by calling us at (912) 355-0605 today!