Well summer is finally upon us, and even though it’s a billion degrees and a thousand percent humidity, people her in Nashville are engaging in their favorite outdoor activities. Now, I don’t want to be a downer here, but did you know that studies have shown that about 40% of all sports injuries involve the face. Ouch. Yeah, that stinks doesn’t it.
I had a conversation with a patient the other day, and I told her that you’d be surprised how many people have front teeth that have been chipped, broken, or totally lost due to some type of injury. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that you know someone who has had one of these injuries and their smile may have had a little repair work.
So since summertime sees more outdoor sporting activities, I’d thought it would be a good time to re-iterate the importance of summer dental care. Here’s my list of tips to help keep your smile from looking like this…
1) Wear a mouthguard. This can really help reduce mouth injuries due to summertime sports activities. Not only does a mouthguard protect you teeth from projectiles flying at your smile, it can also protect from injuries where your body sustains some type of impact that forcefully slams your teeth together. Mouthguards can be purchased over the counter, or custom made by your dentist. the over the counter mouthguards have the advantage of being cheaper, but they are often bulky and can be uncomfortable. Mouthguards made by your dentist are custom fitted, thin, and flexible resulting in a more comfortable fit.
2) It’s always important to stay hydrated in the heat, and people often turn to sports drinks. Be careful with these drinks because they contain a high amount of sugar which can lead to cavities. Careful attention to oral hygiene and staying current on your dental cleanings can help reduce the chance of developing cavities.
3) Know what to do in case of emergency. If your dentist has an on call number, be sure to have it handy in case of emergency. Summertime sports related injuries often happen on weekends when your dentist’s office may not be open, and getting help quickly can make a huge difference when dealing with these types of injuries.
So have fun this summer, stay cool, and don’t forget to protect your smile. If you have any questions about dental injuries or any other dental health issues, please feel free to contact our office at 615.298.2385.