Nearly 75% of people have played sports for a while in their lives. The most popular sport in the world to play is soccer, followed by cricket, field hockey, and tennis. If you are looking for “American” sports, baseball and basketball barely made it into the top 10.
However, the top sport for injuries is football, followed by basketball, lacrosse, baseball/softball, and cheerleading. Whether you play a sport professionally or as an amateur, you need to protect yourself from injuries. Nine million people are injured playing sports each year. Of those nine million people who are injured, over one-quarter of them are injured by a blow to the face. This is not only a problem for you sports-wise, but it is also a problem for your teeth. Not sure what we're talking about? Let the dental professionals here at Spektor Dental talk to you about how you can protect your teeth with mouthguards worn during sports.
What Are Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are soft plastic molds worn over your teeth. The plastic is molded specifically to your teeth, which means it won't fit anyone else. Sports mouthguards protect your mouth if you take a blow to the face, which is lucky because blows to the face can damage your teeth. The mouthguards work by dispersing the energy from a blow to the face. When the energy from a blow is dispersed, the energy from the blow is shared by all of your teeth and gums.
Mouthguards are vital to protecting not only your teeth. Blows to the head in your jaw area can cause concussions. It can also cause temporomandibular joint disorder, which means that you may not be able to chew your food without pain. You could even have trouble closing your mouth or opening it. Blows to the jaw over time can cause arthritis as well, which can be extremely painful.
Mouthguards, however, are specifically meant to protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you get hit in the mouth, you could knock a tooth loose, which means it may be damaged. You could also knock a tooth out entirely. Teeth can also be cracked or broken by a blow to the mouth. These blows to the mouth might cause your teeth to shift around to replace your tooth. This may change the way you bite down.
How Can I Get A Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are easy to make. We can make one for you quickly. We need to take an impression of your teeth. That is how we make a mold of your teeth to make a mouthguard. When it's ready, we will give you a call and make sure it fits your mouth. That way, you'll be all set the next time you play a sport. Do you need a mouthguard? Give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629. We'd love to talk about a way to keep your pearly whites protected. Call us today!