Managing the Risk of Dental Sports Injuries
Safety while participating in Sports ensures longevity and optimal performance. Injuries cannot always be avoided, but they can be minimised through proper planning and protection.
Dental injuries are a risk when playing all types of sport, not just contact team sports but also sports like cycling, running, skating, tennis, racquet ball and many others.
Dental injuries may include chipped or broken teeth, fractured jawbones, fractured cheeks and lacerations. Any injury to the head may cause concussion and unconsciousness. (1)
During sports, our heart rate is increased and blood supply to the head is abundant. If a dental injury occurs, blood mixing with saliva can increase the risk of blood borne infections. (1)
Custom fitted mouth-guards offer the best available protection against dental sports injuries. They are made from a dental impression and a plaster model of the teeth.
Central Canberra Dentists provide high quality custom fitted mouth-guards. We invite you to contact us on 02 6249 8551 for your consultation and fitting today.
In the unfortunate event that you do experience a dental injury while playing sports, Sports Medicine Australia has recommendations for emergency treatment here: http://sma.org.au/resources-advice/injury-fact-sheets/dental-injuries/
With any dental injury, it is recommended to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Central Canberra Dentists has emergency appointments available daily during opening hours so please call as soon as possible and we will do our best to arrange for a same day or next day appointment.
- Sports Medicine Australia. Dental Injuries. sma.org.au. [Online] [Cited: 03 17, 2017.] http://sma.org.au/resources-advice/injury-fact-sheets/dental-injuries/.