Houston students are mostly back in school, which means fall sports have begun. Did you know that sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common among athletes? When you have braces, it is critical to protect your smile while playing sports due to the increased risk of oral injuries, including mouth lacerations, if you are hit by a ball or another player.
When participating in sports such as basketball, football, hockey, skateboarding, soccer, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, and even track and field, there is always the risk of injury.
In fact, even non-contact sports or recreational activities can increase the risk of laceration injury when braces are worn. As a result, Memorial City Dentistry recommends mouthguards for all patients who participate in sports.
What exactly is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a shock-absorbing appliance made of flexible material that fits over all of the top teeth to help protect the teeth and lower jaw from breaking and prevents you from biting your lips, tongue, or cheeks accidentally. A strong blow to the face may otherwise result in mouth and joint injuries.
You can participate in any sport while wearing braces, but the risk of laceration injury increases. There are many different types of mouthguards, but only a few are recommended for those of you who have braces. The main distinction is that an orthodontic mouthguard must fit snugly and be removable or flexible to adjust or be adjusted to fit over braces.
Reduce your chances of getting a mouth injury while playing sports. Ask us about mouthguards at your next appointment.