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Those who play sports may know, literally thousands of people every year get their teeth seriously damaged due to a sports injury, and also because the victim did not wear a mouthguard.

It is probably not surprising to anyone that sporting events are responsible for most mouth and teeth related injuries. After all, (American) football can be very violent. So, can hockey. But did you know that nearly half of all sports-related mouth injuries come from basketball and baseball? The obvious reason is that those sports don’t require a mouthguard to play.

Years of reports show that a mouthguard greatly reduces the number of dental and jaw injuries in sports. There is evidence that properly fitted mouthguards can reduce the incidence of concussions. Research tells us that a mouthguard can cushion an upward blow to the chin that would normally cause a concussion. The force driving the jaw into the base of the skull is absorbed. Much in the same way, a mouthguard protects the front teeth by dispersing violent energy coming from a frontal blow.

When a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth it is called an avulsed tooth. If immediately and firmly put back in, those teeth may be saved. Sporting accidents that break the tooth may require root canal therapy.

Mouthguard Safety:
-Stops teeth from forcefully coming into contact with each other
-Can stop forced jaw concussions whereby the jaw is jammed into the base of the skull
-Keeps cuts and bruises from the mouths and lips.
-Defends against tooth fractures and jaw dislocation
-Absorbs shock between the upper and lower jaw.

If you play sports and need more information about mouthguards, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe will be happy to help you. Please contact Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry to make an appointment at: 805-654-1174, or come by our office in Ventura, California.