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Dental Emergencies Vs. Athletic Mouthguards

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You’ve been anxious about the first match of the season. Your daughter has been working hard. She’s practiced her skills for hours at home, and she’s ready. Her first start for the high school volleyball team is has arrived.

You are excited, supportive, and a little worried (like any parent would be). The match is competitive right until the end. A hitter for the opposing team spikes the ball. One of your daughter teammates dives to try to make a save …

Your daughter is diving from another direction, that results in an unexpected collision. Your daughter roles over clutching her mouth. As the coach runs out to check on her, one of her teammates picks ups something. It’s part of one of your daughter’s teeth.

At that moment, the results of the match don’t matter. You have a dental emergency, so you call 256-801-0002. The office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, in Huntsville, AL wants to stop the pain so we can fix the problem as soon as possible.

Protect Those Smiles

With the start of the new school year, fall sports have already started practicing and games will begin soon. Everyone involved in high school understands that there is some risk of injury. That’s why athletes are required to wear certain protective equipment for a number of sports.

While mouthguards are only required for a few of these activities, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both strongly recommend wearing something to protect your teeth during most sports.

Most people understand the value of wearing mouthguards for contact sports (like football and hockey) or combat sports (such as wrestling). It may not be as obvious why mouthguards are important for other sports, including basketball, cheerleading, soccer, and (yes) volleyball).

With any high-impact sports, you have a risk of putting pressure on your teeth. Jumping and landing cause an impact on your joints, including your jaw joints. That can cause you to bite down, which can damage your teeth.

Of course with sports that use a ball, puck, or other flying objects, there’s a risk of being hit in the mouth if you are expected to catch or avoid those things. Accidental collisions (like the one described above) also are a risk whenever athletes are moving in the same space.

Keep in mind that mouthguards won’t stop accidents from happening, and some injuries are still possible. However, a mouthguard can minimize the damage, much like the seat belts of your car.

Play Hard & Stay Safe

While we can treat dental emergencies, like the broken tooth mentioned in the opening or teeth that have been knocked out, we would much rather see you and your loved ones avoid those problems. If you have questions about mouthguards, talk to Dr. Perkins about what kinds are right for you and your needs.

Whether you are a high school athlete, the parent of a youth league star in the making, or an adult playing for your company team, we want you to stay in the game. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online to learn how we can help … or to treat your emergency dental issue.

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