Every year there are literally thousands of teeth that are severely damaged or knocked out of the mouth because the victim of a sports accident was not wearing a mouthguard.
Sports are the major culprit for the most mouth and teeth-related injuries. Not only can sporting accidents cause the death of a tooth requiring root canal therapy, but they often cause avulsed teeth, meaning that the tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth. Many studies have confirmed that a mouthguard significantly reduces the number of dental and jaw injuries.
There is even evidence that properly fitted mouthguards can reduce the incidence of concussions. Research tells us that a mouthguard can cushion an upward blow to the chin that would normally cause a concussion. The force driving the jaw into the base of the skull is absorbed.
Much in the same way, a mouthguard protects the front teeth by dispersing violent energy that may come crashing in from a frontal attack helping them to survive the trauma.
Some Mouth Saving Functions of Mouthguards:
-Helps prevent a concussion from the lower jaw being forced into the base of the skull.
-Guards against cuts and bruises to the mouth and lips
-Prevents teeth from forcefully coming into contact with each other
-Defends against tooth fractures and jaw dislocation
-Absorbs shock between the upper and lower jaw.
If you play sports and need more information about mouthguards, Dr. Kenneth Pollary will be happy to help you. Please contact Pollary Family Dentistry to make an appointment at: 719-591-0750, or come by our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.