How often have you seen a gap-toothed smile while watching Sunday Night Football? Sports injuries are the cause of between 13% and 39% of gap-toothed smiles, according to research from the American Dental Association (ADA).
Often times it would seem that injuries to the teeth are an unavoidable part of playing sports, be it on the Pop Warner football team or the National Hockey League. However, there are many steps sports enthusiasts can take to protect their smiles.
Athletes who consistently wear a mouthguard are 60% less likely to experience teeth damage than those who don’t, says the ADA. Many athletes think that mouthguards are only for sports like football or boxing, however they can be worn in any sport: from soccer to gymnastics to horseback riding.
There have also been great strides made in the treatment and rejuvenation of damaged teeth, much to the delight of those who have suffered sports related teeth injuries. Dental implants and veneers can rejuvenate a damaged smile.
A good relationship with your dentist while playing sports, whether recreationally or more seriously, is vital. Your dentist will be able to recognize issues at the onset, and create a winning game-plan for your oral health.