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Sports Mouth Guard – Keeping Your Teeth Protected

Physical activity is the most obvious benefit of sports participation. Children often spend too much time watching television or staring at electronic devices such as tablets or computers. But sports practices and games provide an opportunity for exercise that can help keep kids in shape and healthy. Though keeping children safe during these physical activities safe should a high priority when its time to play.

One of the most traumatic event while playing sports can be getting a tooth knocked out. What to do after a tooth is loosen or knocked out is critical to be able to save the tooth. Research shows the sooner the tooth can be re-inserted, the better the chance of tooth survival. Ideally, the tooth should be put back into the socket within 30 minutes or sooner.  Teeth that are inserted later than 30 minutes have a higher chance of being lost. If a tooth cannot be reinserted, it is important to avoid touching the root of the tooth as it can cause damage to the root. Keep the tooth in milk until you can reach your dentist. Further procedures, such as root canal treatment and restorative treatment, are often needed to help preserve the tooth.

In addition to knowing how to deal with a loose tooth, it is important to try to avoid tooth trauma in the first place. One great way to protect teeth during sports is to wear a properly fitting mouth guard. By wearing a mouth guard, the chance of tooth trauma is much less. Anyone who plays sports that include contact and/or hard equipment should consider wearing a custom mouth guard.  Though custom guards are more expensive than over-the-counter guards, they tend to fit better, are more comfortable and are more protective of the teeth.

Not only do mouth guards protect the teeth, there are still some people convinced that mouth guards can help to absorb some of the force the head and brain receive upon contact. Most mouth guards worn by young athletes are “boil and bite” guards. They are purchased at sporting good stores, heated up and provide some dentition to an athlete’s mouth. For better results, consult your dentist or orthodontist. They can custom build a mouth guard that provides even more protection while creating minimal interference with normal breathing and speaking.