Dental: Sports and Dental Injuries
- Last Updated: 11.21.13
Participation in organized and recreational sports poses a great risk of dental injuries. Dental injuries are one of the most common types of injuries sustained by athletes. They are also one of the most preventable types of sports-related injuries. Wearing a well-fitted mouthguard is the best defense to preventing sports-related injuries.
Types of Dental Injuries:
- lacerated or cut lips, cheeks, tongue
- bruised lips, cheeks, tongue
- broken, fractured or dislocated jaw
- broken or fractured teeth
- shifted or knocked out teeth
- reduce the chance of a dental injury
- reduce the severity of a dental injury
- are available in sporting goods stores
- can be custom made by your dentist
Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Smile:
- If the sport requires any type of protective equipment to be worn, include a mouthguard.
- If balls, sticks, pucks or physical contacts are involved, wear a mouthguard.
- Wear a mouthguard during practice and game time.
- Mouthguards should fit comfortably and allow for easy breathing and speech.
For More Information, Contact:
Dental Health Services - Annapolis
J. Howard Beard Health Services Building
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Dental Health Services - Glen Burnie
North County Health Services Center
791 Aquahart Road, 2nd Floor
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061