Protecting Your Teeth When You’re Playing Sports Posted on December 3, 2015

It’s great to be active! Movement and motion are an important part of making sure our bodies remain healthy and strong, and many enjoy staying active through sports and sports-related activities.

While being involved in sports is important for your health, you should also make sure that your mouth is protected so that you can continue to play and have fun. There’s a high number of tooth injuries that are caused by sports—getting hit in the face with a ball, falling on your face, or even being kicked or hit accidentally—can causes your teeth to crack.

Injury Prevention: How to Be Prepared

Protect your mouth the right way. It’s important that you keep your entire mouth protected – not just your teeth. That means that you should make sure your teeth, gums, tongue, and inner and outer mouth are covered or somehow shielded. A mouth guard should be used for high- or medium-contact sports, including football, martial arts, soccer, rugby, and hockey. There are certain kinds of mouth guards that are available:

  • Ready-to-wear Guards. These guards are commonly sold at sporting goods sports and other large stores with sporting goods departments. They come in several sizes, including small, medium, and large. While they are inexpensive, they often don’t fit very well since they are one size fits many, and so may not fully protect your mouth.
  • Boil guards. These guards also come in small, medium, and large sizes. You buy the proper size and boil them for a few minutes in water until they become soft. Then, you bite into them to create a mold. The material will harden and create a guard to protect your teeth.
  • Custom Guards. A custom-fitted mouth guard is often the best choice. It will cost more, but the materials are high-quality and will fit your mouth precisely.

If you have cracked a tooth or experienced other trauma from a sports-related injury, be sure to visit an endodontist right away. Dr. Semashko of Endodontics in Cranberry will examine the tooth (or teeth) and then let you know if endodontic treatment such as a root canal is needed.