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 to redeem this offer.