Can a Mouth Guard Help You Avoid a Dental Emergency?
It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of dental emergencies are caused by sports activities. Did you know that you can prevent many of these sports-related injuries? By simply wearing a mouth guard consistently during sports, you can protect your teeth and mouth from many of the injuries that can occur.
Choose a Custom Mouth Guard
When you are considering your options for a sports mouth guard, it may seem easier and more affordable to purchase one at your local sporting goods store. However, before you make your purchase, consider a having your dentist in Chesterfield make you a custom mouth guard.
Your dentist uses impressions taken of your teeth to make a mouth guard with an exact fit. A custom fit provides you with the best protection and allows you to breathe and communicate more efficiently during sports activities. A store-bought mouth guard is one-size-fits-all, which may not fit properly and could be uncomfortable to wear. If you're not motivated to wear your mouth guard, it can't give you the protection you need and could result in an injury or lost tooth.
What to Do During a Dental Emergency
Even with the best protection, accidents can happen. If you find yourself dealing with a broken or knocked-out tooth, it is essential to visit your dentist right away. Bring the pieces of your tooth, or the tooth itself with you, being careful not to touch the root if your tooth's been knocked out. Placing it back in its socket is the best way to transport it safely to your dentist, if this isn't possible, use milk, which keeps your cells alive.
We would love to help you protect your smile! If you are interested in learning more about custom athletic mouthguards in Chesterfield, MO, contact Dr. Rahm at Chesterfield Valley Dental today for more information.