Although dental injuries are commonly associated with contact sports, such as football, rugby, hockey, and boxing, other dental and oral injuries may occur as a result of accidental contact with people or objects during other athletic activities, including skateboarding, basketball, soccer, squash, gymnastics, and taekwondo. In essence, you need to be aware that all sports activities contain some element of risk that could result in a dental injury.
At Monterey Dental Centre, NE Calgary Dentist, we recommend that anyone who participates in athletic activities should protect their smile with high quality, proper fitting sports mouthguard. A properly fitted sports mouthguard absorbs the shock of impacts. The mouthguard also protects teeth against potential chips, cracks, fractures, knock-outs, and damage. A properly fitted sports mouthguard is an important equipment investment, especially when considering the cost of the potential dental work required to repair damaged teeth.
For people who have to wear braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances, it is especially important to have a sports mouthguard that fits them properly. An impact to the mouth can damage the brackets and wires of the braces, and can also cause added cuts and tears to the soft tissue inside your mouth.