On the most part, Houston kids are back to school and this means the start of fall sports. Did you know that sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes? Protecting your smile while playing sport is essential when you have braces due to the increased risk of oral injuries, including mouth lacerations if you are unlucky enough to be hit by a ball or another player.
There is the potential for injury whether you have braces or not when playing sports like basketball, football, hockey, skateboarding, soccer, martial arts, wrestling, boxing and even track and field.
In fact, even non-contact sports or recreational activities can potentially have increased risk of laceration injury with braces on. For this reason, the dentists at Forestwood Dental recommend mouthguards for all patients who participate in sports.
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a shock absorbing appliance made of flexible material that fits over all the top teeth to help protect the teeth and lower jaw from breaking, and prevents you from accidentally biting your lips, tongue or cheeks. A strong blow to the face may otherwise result in an injury to the mouth and joints.
You can play any sport while you have braces on, however the risk of laceration injury increases. There are many types of mouthguards but only a few mouthguards that are recommended for those of you who have braces. The main difference is that an orthodontic mouthguard needs to fit well and be removable or flexible so that it can adjust or be adjusted to fit over the braces.
Minimize your chances of mouth injuries while playing sports. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards at your next visit.