Sports Dentistry: Protecting and Helping Your Smile While Participating in Sports

Published on September 30, 2017

When you think of dentistry, you can probably name off the most common branches involved, like general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. But did you know there is such thing as sports dentistry? Well, it’s true! This branch focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and oral diseases associated with sports and exercise.

When you think of sports injuries, you don’t usually think of oral injuries. Well, unfortunately, most oral injuries occur on the court, field, or track. In fact, oral injuries, like knocked-out teeth, dislocated jaws, cracked teeth, and torn oral tissues, oftentimes occur when hard, forceful objects hit the mouth. To prevent injury, sports dentistry recommends the use of a mouthguard. When injuries do occur, it provides the treatment necessary to restore the full function and health of your mouth.

When it comes to mouthguards, there are many options available. Those include stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. You can typically find stock and boil-and-bite guards at the local sporting goods stores. If you’re interested in a custom-made mouthguard, please talk to your dentist, Dr. Samaniego. These guards take away the shock and pressure involved when those hard objects hit the mouth, protecting your smile from injury.

To learn more about sports dentistry, please contact Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to assisting you.