Traumatic Dental Injuries: How Sports Could Be Hurting Your Teeth

Traumatic Dental InjuriesPlaying sports is always a load of fun. However, in many physical or contact sports, injuries are not uncommon.

An often ignored type of sports injury involves the teeth. You likely gear up with a helmet, knee and elbow pads, but you probably don’t have anything to protect your teeth, gums, and mouth. Any number of things can cause traumatic dental injuries, but the most common are caused by various kinds of falls and from sports-related activities.

Prevalence in the UK

There are no updated statistics regarding this dental condition, but figures from a 2001 study found that traumatic dental injuries in a London borough seemed to be a serious public dental health problem.

Almost one in every four (23.7%) of the 2242 children-respondents in Newham had dental injuries, with the condition more prevalent in boys. Across the country, the overall prevalence of dental injuries was at 17%.

Traumatic Chips and Avulsions

Dental injuries often result in teeth getting chipped, dislodged, or avulsed. Football, American football, rugby, basketball, wrestling, and diving are some of the most common activities where dental injuries are prevalent. All players are at risk for oral injuries, but children with braces are at a slightly higher risk, particularly for mouth lacerations, if their braces are hit by a ball or by another player.

Prevention and Protection

Weybridge dentists from Surrey Orthodontics Ltd shares that oral injuries are preventable with the right mouth guard. Ready-made, boil-and-bite, or custom mouth guards should be well-fitting and sturdy while still being comfortable. It also shouldn’t restrict speech or breathing, and should cover the teeth, and, depending on your bite, the gums.

The most common reason kids do not wear these mouth pieces is because they are not required to wear them, unlike helmets and pads. Still, wearing mouth guards proves to be the least expensive and most effective way of preventing dental injuries, be it traumatic or simple.

Play safer without the risk of traumatic dental injuries by being informed and protected.