Protecting your teeth during sports.
A person’s smile is often the first thing that people notice when they meet someone and therefore it is imperative that your teeth are sparkling and even more importantly, still there. The right gear in sports has stopped more than 200,000 oral injuries annually.
The main piece of protective equipment in sports is a gum shield. A gum shield does the world of good in your mouth when playing sports. More common in rugby or hockey a gum shield is rather cheap when you think of how much protection it gives when you play these types of contact sports. You can find relatively inexpensive mouth guards for sale over the counter, most of which are designed to be one size fits all. Some of these are meant to be soaked in boiling water, then sculpted to fit your oral cavity in particular. However the cheaper boil and bite mouth guards are shadowed by the more expensive option of having custom made mouth guard, which you can obtain from a dentist. They can mould the mouth guard to the exact shape of your mouth and teeth allowing for a better, stronger shape and ultimately protecting your teeth far better than the boil and bite option.
Another option, which benefits those sports such as American Football and mountain biking is full face helmets, which cover your full face and thus your mouth. This option is limited to your sport as many sports don’t require helmets but in these two cases helmets are the only option because they look after your head but also stop you from knocking your teeth out. With this being said it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard as well, to ensure you don’t bite down onto your teeth and to ensure you don’t chip a tooth in the contact.
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A different sport, which doesn’t require any protection is swimming. You may think that swimming is harmless and that the only way you may hurt yourself is by bumping your head against the wall of the pool. However if swimming is your sport of choice it is always good practice to make sure that the pool is well maintained. If the pool’s Ph levels are too low (meaning it’s too acidic) you’re at a higher risk of ‘swimmer’s calculus’ – which results from excessive enamel erosion, making your teeth extra sensitive and appear more yellow.
Along with maintaining your pool and keeping its chlorine levels at the recommended level, you can further protect your teeth by keeping your mouth closed when you swim, so that the chlorinated water doesn’t come into contact with them as often.
If you’d like to know more about how we can improve your smile, the team at JM Dental Plymouth, will only be too happy to help. For more information on our smile plans, 0% interest free finance and other options please contact one of the team on 01752 222625