Injuries sustained during sport are some of the most common dental injuries. Damage to the front teeth, cheek, or gums is especially common among athletes. If you play sports regularly, it’s especially important to take steps to prevent damage to your teeth. Regular dental check-up and the use of protective mouth guards can help safeguard the beauty of your smile .
Both professional and amateur athletes should visit their dentist regularly. The dentist will be able to identify any teeth which are particularly vulnerable to injury. It is important to keep teeth strong and healthy as decaying or loose teeth are more liable to damage. Orthodontic work, replacement teeth, crowns, and bridges also need to be examined regularly to check that they are securely attached and not liable to break.
Well designed, custom-made mouth guards can protect your teeth from injury in the event of a fall, collision, or other physical trauma. Your dentist will tailor the mouth guard to fit your individual teeth and jaw. Ask your dentist to check your mouth guard regularly to make sure it is in good condition, as a crushed or damaged mouth guard will not offer full protection. In addition, some sports require use of a helmet, partly to prevent jaw injuries, which could damage teeth.
In the event of an injury, you should visit your dentist as quickly as possible. Even if a tooth has been knocked out completely, the dentist may be able to reattach it. The dentist may also be able to repair more minor damage, such as chips and scratches. To keep teeth in the best possible condition, athletes should always exercise good dental hygiene. For best results, brush and floss at least twice daily and use a fluoride mouthwash.
We are the official dentist for the Chicago Blackhawks, so sports injuries are something UAD specializes in! We take care of the team, and provide many of them with mouth guards, including the ones we specially made when they went to the Olympics!
At University Associates in Dentistry we have valuable experience providing dental care to athletes. We know a thing or two about sports dentistry in Chicago! If you are a keen sportsperson, visit our website, or call us at (312) 704-5511 to find out more about how we can help you care for your teeth.