Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth And Mouth Injuries

Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth And Mouth Injuries

Basic Protection

Even if a tooth has been knocked out, it often can be saved if you get to a dentist quickly enough. Minor chips and cracks can be repaired. Dentists use tooth-colored materials that are nearly as strong as the original tooth. However, even “minor” injuries can cause serious and costly damage. If you enjoy sports or other high-risk activities, protect yourself. The use of mouthguards among football players, for example, is believed to prevent about 200,000 mouth injuries a year.

Depending on the sport, two types of protection are available:

  • Helmets — A helmet is a must for activities that involve speed or impact. These include  horse or bike riding. The helmet should fit correctly. It should also be appropriate for the sport you are playing.
  • Mouthguards — Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to prevent injury to your teeth, tongue and lips. A custom-fit mouthguard from your dentist is recommended. This type of mouthguard usually fits better than a ready-made one (found in sporting-goods stores). That means it will protect your teeth better.

If you are interested in purchasing a mouthguard, we offer no out of pocket for all eligible health funds with your regular dental check-up. Contact us at info@orionsdental.com to redeem this offer.

 

COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19, it is important for us all to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local communities safe and supported.

At Orion’s Dental, in the interest of health and safety and in accordance with Level 3 restrictions guidelines issued by Australian Dental Association (ADA), we are limiting our treatment to EMERGENCY CARE ONLY.

Our dental practice has always used and will continue to use strict cleaning and disinfection protocols as recommended by the Australian Dental Association. In addition to this, we are taking additional steps to reduce the risk of transmission and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

1. If necessary, please only bring an accompanying adult to the appointment. All siblings, grandparents and friends should remain in the vehicle

2. Social distancing – If there are multiple patients in the waiting room, please maintain a safe distance from one another by sitting on alternate seats

3. We require all patients to use a hand sanitiser upon entering the clinic

4. We have removed all magazines and newspaper in the waiting room to avoid cross-contamination

5. If you have recently returned from overseas, or have been in contact with someone who has, please ring to reschedule your appointment

6. If you feel unwell (fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough), we ask that you please reschedule

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on

(03) 9390 9872 (Taylors Lakes) 

(03) 9735 7755 (Lilydale)   

(03) 9547 4404 (Springvale)

(03) 5986 4177 (Rosebud)

For more information, please see:

National Coronavirus Information Line: 1800 020 080
Department of Health and Human Services: click here

Let’s all work together and keep everybody safe.

Teams at Orion’s Dental