Athleticism Won’t Save Your Teeth | Northridge Dentist

77295850Sports dentistry is essentially the prevention and treatment of oral and facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries for athletes, and the majority of these injuries are actually preventable. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that athletic mouthguards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. It must be both comfortable and resilient, but it must also be of sufficient thickness to serve the intended purpose. Research stock mouthguards simply have minimal effectiveness in the prevention of both tooth injuries and concussions, especially when compared to custom-fitted mouthguards.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding on your mouth protection:

Boil and bite mouthguards. While more economical, mouthguards you find at your local sporting good store are not thick enough and do not provide optimum protection in the prevention of dental injuries and concussions. Even though they represent over 90 percent of the mouthguards purchased today, they can also fit poorly and interfere with speech, breathing and swallowing.

Custom-fit mouthguards. These guards can be more expensive, but they are made to fit the athlete’s mouth with minimal interference to speech, breathing and swallowing. These types of guards can be made to an ideal thickness to prevent dental injuries and concussions.

Performance mouthguard. Designed as much for increased strength, balance and improved athletic performance as it is for tooth protection, these guards utilize repositioning of the bite to better align the athletes head, neck and spine for this increased strength.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt, DDS by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt gladly accepts patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Importance of Sports Guards

Man wearing mouthguardWhile you’re making sure that you and/or your kids are wearing all the right protective gear to participate in a particular sports activity, there’s usually one major piece of equipment that most people forget about – the sports mouth guard.

The sports mouth guard is overlooked for various reasons, like people thinking that they don’t look “cool” or “trendy”, or in many cases, most people just don’t know how important sports guards are when participating in any sports activity.

How Sports Guards Help Protect You

Among all injuries sustained in sports, dental injuries are some of the most common. This is probably due to the fact that while other protective materials such as goggles, helmets, shin guards and shoulder pads are require to be worn, mouth guards, most of the time, are not.

It’s important to remember that mouth guards play a pivotal role in protecting one’s teeth and jaws, especially in sports such as football, wrestling, soccer, and basketball, where the type of physical activity poses a high risk of injury both to the mouth and jaws.

Athletic mouth guards are often thin pieces of plastic that are flexible enough to protect one’s teeth and other oral structures.

Wear a Custom Mouth Guard

Stock and boil-and-bite mouth guards can be found in most sporting apparel stores. They vary in cost, most usually depending on comfort and durability. Most of the time, either one of these two types of mouth guard is more than enough. However, if you’re more than just a casual player, a custom made mouth guard may be just what you need.

Custom-made mouth guards or sports guards are fabricated by dentists or orthodontists and are considered one of the best ways for athletes to protect their teeth. The reason being is that aside from being durable, these mouth guards are made to fit perfectly in one’s mouth.

Taking Care of Your Sports Guard

Mouth guards should be well taken care of and cleaned properly. Also, they should be replaced when the time comes that they no longer are able to offer optimal dental protection.

Here are a couple of tips that should help you take better care of your mouth guard and keep it in good condition:

  • After each use, scrub it gently using your toothbrush and some toothpaste.
  • Make sure to store it in its protective case when not in use.
  • Keep the protective case and your sports guard out of the sun, or any extreme temperature.
  • Avoid chewing anything while wearing it.
  • Immediately replace the sports guard if it doesn’t fit properly.

Mouth guards should be replaced every few months, ideally after each season, because they tend to wear down and become less effective. Also, adolescents may have to replace theirs much more frequently because their mouth and teeth are still developing.

A good schedule to follow is to have new mouth guards made or bought after each six-month dental check-up.

If you or your children plays any type of organized sport, make sure that you provide them with optimal dental care by making them wear a sports guard.

If you’re ready to get a custom made sports guard to protect your teeth, contact Dr. David Lunt DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit our website at www.davidluntdds.com for more information regarding sports gaurds.

Custom Fitted Mouthguards, the Safer Choice | Northridge, CA

VAIL, Colorado — The field of sports dentistry continues to grow as more and more people participate in extreme sports popularized by events such as the X-Games.

Sports dentistry is essentially the prevention and treatment of oral and facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries for athletes and the majority of these injuries are actually preventable.

The first and most critical message is that the “boil and bite” mouthguards are not thick enough in the most vulnerable areas and do not provide optimum protection in the prevention of dental injuries and concussions. This is unfortunate because athletes and their parents purchase these items expecting a certain level of protection, which is simply not there. While the store-bought varieties are relatively inexpensive and represent over 90 percent of the mouthguards purchased today, they can also fit poorly and interfere with speech, breathing and swallowing. Therefore, they are less likely to be worn.

Athletes can also see a dentist for a custom-fit mouthguard. These guards can be somewhat more expensive, but they are made to fit very accurately to the athlete’s mouth with minimal interference to speech, breathing and swallowing. These types of guards can be made to an ideal thickness in order to properly reduce or prevent dental injuries and concussions.

The American Dental Association estimates that mandatory use of athletic mouthguards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. A properly-fitted mouthguard must be both comfortable and resilient, but it must also be of sufficient thickness to serve the intended purpose. Research completed by the Academy of Sports Dentistry has demonstrated that stock mouthguards simply have minimal effectiveness in the prevention of both tooth injuries and concussions, especially when compared to custom-fitted mouthguards.

A third area of the mouthguard industry is also developing at a rapid pace, the so-called “performance mouthguard” is designed as much for increased strength, balance and overall improved athletic performance as it is for tooth protection. These guards utilize repositioning of the bite to better align the athletes head, neck and spine for this increased strength. While this is not necessarily a new concept, it is an area of sports dentistry that is being hotly debated.

The bottom line is that a tooth that is knocked out of the mouth and not reinserted in the first few minutes has virtually no chance of successfully being saved and the cumulative effect of multiple concussions can lead to lifelong medical problems. These two very scary topics make it imperative that athletes and their parents understand the importance of properly-fitted and fabricated athletic mouthguards to prevent injuries.

Don’t risk injury to your teeth or your child’s teeth. Make an appointment today to be custom fitted for a proper mouth guard. Contact Dr. David Lunt DDS 818-885-7230.

Dr. Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.

 

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