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If you play sports or work out routinely, did you know that you are at a higher risk of suffering damage to your teeth? According to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADA), 5 million teeth are lost each year in sports-related injuries. For any athlete of any age in your family, Crestview Dental Care can supply a custom-made sports guard to help protect your teeth.

Most dental sports injuries classify a dental emergency

That means a painful, and expensive, trip to an emergency dentist.

Some of the most common dental sports injuries include the following:

  • Dental avulsion, the clinical term for a tooth being knocked out of the mouth
  • Lacerations of the gums or other soft tissue inside the mouth
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
  • Jaw injuries, such as fracture or dislocation

How does a sports guard help?

A sports guard absorbs the shock and force from trauma to the face, helping prevent seismic contact between teeth. Sports guards have also been shown to help prevent neurological injuries by redistributing the force of an impact to the head. At Crestview Dental Care, our sports guards are custom-made for each patient based on digital impressions of your mouth. The accuracy of these impressions ensures that your sports guard will fit as snugly and comfortably as possible, providing maximum protection for your teeth and mouth. Our guards are made of high-quality clear acrylic, fabricated with materials that are superior to any store-bought sports guard or mouthguard.

Is a sports guard right for me?

Sports guards are not just for people who play sports such as football, basketball, or baseball. Sports guards also are ideal if you skateboard, ski, surf, mountain bike, or are a gymnast. In fact, a sports guard offers protection while engaging in any sport in which an injury to the face may occur due to a collision with another athlete or a piece of equipment.

How should I maintain my sports guard?  

If you don’t take proper care of your sports guard, it could become a potential breeding ground for the bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Make sure to clean your guard after each use – just use your toothbrush and toothpaste, then rinse well. For a more thorough clean, you also can clean it using cool, soapy water. Regardless of which method you choose, be sure to store your guard in a vented container so that it stays dry. Never leave your sports guard out in the sun, or keep it immersed in hot water.

Sports Guards in Knoxville

For any active athlete in your family, make sure that a sports guard is part of their regular equipment for every practice, outing, game, and competition. Our sports guards also help save you time and money down the road by avoiding costly tooth repairs. Plus, nothing is as good as your natural teeth, so be sure to protect the teeth that you have! Parents, if your child engages in sports, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today by calling (865) 982-1700.

Crestview Dental Care welcomes patients in the areas of Maryville and Knoxville, Tennessee.