August 29th, 2012
Being in the environment of a very hectic city like London, it can often place a lot of stressful demands on you in the workplace, which is why people turn to recreational sports in order to let off steam. Some of these sports are quite ‘pacifist’ by nature and so you are only putting your body through the workout. However, if you are into contact sports, you need to wear the appropriate gear to prevent you from injuring yourself, and this also goes for protecting your mouth as well. The mouth is a very delicate part of the body and if you damage it, there can be a knock-on effect through the head and into the neck and upper torso. What you are after then is mouth-guard in order to limit the risks involved in the sport you do. Dentists are only too willing to guide you here; after all, they’re the ones that have to patch up your mouth if things go wrong through injury. For some sports, you can buy an off-the-peg shield that will do the job, but the higher risk of impact requires a shield that is tailored to your sport of choice. This will be able to absorb quick blows whilst at the same time, protect your teeth and gums from damage. Your dentist will be able to measure you up so that you get a tailored mouth-guard that will look after you in the face of adversity.
February 7th, 2012
Dental injuries in sports are a surprisingly common event, and it’s important to be careful and protect our teeth when engaging in sports. The damage done by a poorly-aimed slam-dunk or a reckless hockey stick can be painful and irreversible. Some dentists have even estimated that between 13% and 39% of dental injuries are caused by sports.
There are two key ways of preventing dental injuries, depending on your sport. Sports involving speed and impact, including hockey, cycling and skating, should require you to wear a helmet. However, sometimes it might be inappropriate (or even disallowed) to wear a helmet. Mouth guards are a discreet and effective alternative – and should usually be worn in addition to helmets by cyclists, skaters, and other high-impact sports players.
While mouth guards can be purchases in many sports shops, it’s a better idea to visit your dentist and have a custom-fit mouth guard prepared. This will be both more comfortable and more effective in protecting your teeth from knocks and pressure.
If you still suffer from a dental injury during sport, see your dentist immediately. What many people don’t know is that even if a tooth is knocked out during high-impact sports, they can often be saved if you see your dentist quickly. Dentists can also fix cracks and chips using tooth-coloured materials, so the damage isn’t always visible.
It’s a good idea to protect your teeth during sports, as often damage permanent or costly. If you engage in high-impact or contact sports, visit your London dentist for advice and information on prevention methods you can take to save yourself from unnecessary dental injuries.
July 12th, 2009
A sportsperson always wishes to be fit at all times. Missing a game not only puts the body out of shape but also they tend to lose touch. This is why athletes always try to refrain from injuries. But despite their best efforts to prevent them, injuries always strike when they least want them.
In sports that involve direct contact it is common for players to be out of action owing to dental injuries. Boxing and Rugby players are the most prone to dental injuries since they are more susceptible to oral or facial trauma. Sports dentistry is one of the upcoming areas of dentistry which is quickly becoming popular in London. It involves the prevention and cure methods for injuries that players acquire while playing sports. There are several aspects of sports dentistry namely teaching the right technique, purchase and maintenance of the apt equipment, safe play areas and protective equipments.
Protective equipments are becoming increasingly popular among athletes but there are certain aspects that must be taken care. Every athlete has a unique make up and hence administering common protective equipment to everyone does not serve the purpose. A sports dentist is suppose to take into account the physical make up of the sportsperson and, of course, his comfort. The player must be comfortable wearing the equipment since he should not be concentrating on the mouth-guard when he should be focusing on the game.
Sports dentistry is not restricted to the actual playoffs alone. Practice sessions play a vital role in the player’s fitness and hence care must be taken as and when the player is in action.