Sports are a great way to make friends and stay in shape, but it’s important to take precautions. Depending on the sport, injuries can be common, including injuries to the mouth! What are the most dangerous sports for your teeth?
Skateboarding, Snowboarding, & Skiing
Skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing are dangerous for a few reasons. Falling is common. Head injuries are very risky, so it’s important to use the proper protective equipment at all times. Wear a mouthguard when participating in these activities so you don’t damage or knock out a tooth when you fall.
Boxing, martial arts, wrestling, and football are all about contact with other people. Getting hit in the face is part of the deal. At sporting events, you’ll usually be required to wear a mouthguard, but don’t forget to pop one in while you’re practicing too!
Hockey, Baseball, & Lacrosse
These seem like an odd grouping of sports, but they have one thing in common: they involve a stick. In these sports, the puck, baseball, and lacrosse ball are hit or thrown at high speeds. Getting struck in the mouth can damage or knock out a tooth. You can spare yourself the hassle of replacing a missing tooth by wearing protective gear and a mouthguard.
Basketball has a very high rate of tooth injuries. According to research, it’s actually the most dangerous sport for tooth injuries for both men and women. While it’s technically not a contact sport like boxing, players are very close to each other and frequently elbow each other accidentally. Many players also don’t wear mouthguards.
How to Protect Your Teeth
Mouthguards are a great way to prevent tooth loss and dental trauma for the athletes in your family. Willow Smiles Dentistry offers athletic mouthguards for our patients. These custom made guards are more comfortable to wear than those you can pick up at the drugstore. And your athlete is more likely to wear the protective mouthguard if it fits comfortably!
Hurt Your Teeth While Playing a Sport? It’s a Dental Emergency!
Damaging or knocking out your tooth qualifies as an emergency! Dr. Z and Dr. D are available for emergency services, so if you hurt yourself while playing a sport, please get in touch as soon as you can. Depending on the severity of the injury, we might want to see you immediately. If you have questions about how to protect your smile, please contact our Puyallup office today!