Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
As a parent, you want to protect your child against harm. If your child participates in sports, help protect against dental injury by receiving a custom-made sports guard from your Choto family dentist.
Sports and dental injuries
Recent research conducted by the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries determined that a dental injury was the most common type of facial mishap sustained among young people who participate in sports.
These injuries not only are frequent, but often serious. A dental sports injury often leads to complete loss of a tooth or avulsion, which refers to any situation where a tooth is knocked out of its socket. Or results in injury to the soft tissue of the mouth such as the cheeks, or tongue.
Other oral issues that can stem from a dental sports injury can include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Damage to existing dental work, such as fillings, crowns or bridges
- Damage to the tooth root
- Laceration of the lips, cheeks, and/or tongue
- Fractured or dislocated jaw
The consequences of a dental injury also can entail a costly visit to the emergency dentist in Knoxville, a significant amount of discomfort, and lost time at school and/or work.
The benefits of a custom sports guard
The best way to avoid a dental sports injury is by obtaining protection. Avoid it all by equipping your child with one of our customized sports mouth guards. Our sports guards are a cut above the sports mouthpieces you find for purchase over the counter or at a sporting goods store. Each mouth guard is fabricated for each individual patient, using impressions of your child’s mouth as a model. Our sports guards will feel better, fit better, and provide maximum protection.
Who should get a sports guard?
Just about anyone who participates in sports such as basketball, baseball, football, hockey, or wrestling should consider getting a sports guard to protect his or her teeth. Sports guards are not just for those who engage in contact sports, but even individual sports such as mountain biking or gymnastics warrant a need for protection. When in doubt, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is far easier to protect your teeth than to worry with costly dental repairs.
Maintaining your sports guard
If a guard starts to show signs of wear or damage, then you should replace it right away. Teens and children may need new guards on a frequent basis as their mouths grow.
Follow these tips to prolong the life of your sports guard:
- Before and after each use of your guard, rinse it and brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Keep your sports guard clean and dry between uses.
- Clean your guard regularly in cool, soapy water, then rinse it well.
- Store your sports guard in the sturdy, vented container that we provide so that it can remain dry and protected.
- Never leave your sports guard in the sun or hot water, and be sure to keep it out of the reach of family pets.
Sports Guards in Knoxville
A sports mouth guard should be a vital piece of equipment for any individual engaging in sports. To learn more, call Choto Family Dentistry at (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation.
Choto Family Dentistry is proud to provide total oral health care for patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.