Summer is the season for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports can expose your teeth to danger. Following are some seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and tips to keep your teeth safe from dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych.
Frequent swimmers may develop dark brown stains on their teeth. People who swim more than six hours a week are exposing their teeth to water that has been treated with chemicals. These hard, brown deposits typically appear on the front teeth and can be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Scuba diving, a sport enjoyed by more than 4 million people in the country, can result in jaw joint pain, gum tissue problems or a pain in the center of the tooth. The best way to avoid these problems is to visit your dentist Columbia before scuba diving and make sure your dental health is as it should be.
The Academy of General Dentistry reports that soccer players are more likely than football players to suffer a dental-related injury. Soccer is a sport where mouth guards and facemasks are not required, which increases the odds for dental and facial injuries. When participating in such sports, a mouth guard is your best ally, preventing more than 200,000 injuries each year.
There are several types of mouth guards; ask your dentist Columbia for advice about which mouth guard solution is best for you. Following are some options.
- Stock mouth guard: The lowest cost option can be purchased over the counter from a drugstore or sporting goods store. This type of mouth guard offers the least protection because the fit adjustment is limited and it is not considered to be an acceptable form of facial protective device.
- Mouth-formed protectors: These mouth guards come as a boil-and-bite product from sporting goods stores. The shell is lined with acrylic or rubber and when placed in an athlete's mouth, it molds to the teeth.
- Custom-made mouth protectors: The best choice is a customized mouth guard created by your dentist. This is the most costly option but it offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth.
If you or someone in your family engages in summer sports activities – don’t hesitate – prepare your teeth in advance to prevent potential injuries. If you are interested in a mouth guard or other ways to protect your teeth, call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule a consultation.