Does your son or daughter play on a school sports team? Are you in a rec league? Listen up!
Some things are out of our control … but what we can prevent is damage to our smiles caused by contact sports or other forms of physical activity.
Your mouth is at risk … if you don’t wear a sports mouthguard (ideally a custom mouthguard) each time you hit the field, the court, or the rink. Sports-related accidents account for a significant portion of all dental-related injuries.
Your odds of sustaining a mouth or jaw injury or even a concussion playing contact sports is about 10% per season and 30-50% over your athletic career, according to statistics. And every year, more than five million teeth are completely knocked out, adding up to nearly half-a-billion dollars in necessary dental treatment.
Some of the common sports-related injuries we see include …
- cracked teeth
- root damage
- tooth intrusion
- cheek and lip injuries
- fractured crowns and bridgework.
Want to keep your smile intact? You have two options …
- Boil-and-bite mouthguards only provide low-level protection and a poorly fitting one can obstruct your airway.
- Custom-made sports mouthguards are safer, more effective, and more comfortable. Plus, they come in a variety of colours!
We want you to lead an active lifestyle – and we encourage it! But we also advocate wearing a custom sports mouthguard, provided by your general dentist in Bowmanville. By taking this step and choosing to protect your smile every time you don the rest of your athletic gear, you’ve made a commitment to keeping your beautiful smile … just the way it is.
As a practice that promotes preventive dentistry, we want you to avoid the pain and inconvenience of a dental injury – and the extra cost. It’s just not worth it!
Ready to get fitted? Call our team! We’ll take an impression – so we can fabricate your perfect-fitting mouthguard and have it ready for your next game.
Yours in continuing dental health,
Dr. Zina Shoaib, your general dentist in Bowmanville