The mission of sports dentistry is the simple treatment and prevention of sports injuries to the mouth and face and other related diseases of the oral cavity. In sports and health, the biggest challenge is maximizing the benefits of real participation while reducing the risk of injury.
Current estimates suggest that more than $20.4 million is spent treating preventable oral and facial injuries from sports. This is a serious national health problem. The training of athletes in basic or oral care as well as the correct use of protective equipment and safe play is of paramount importance.
Sports dentistry is primarily focused on providing specialized dental treatment for athletes. This visit allows the dentist to thoroughly examine the athlete's overall oral health. Dentists look for signs of decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joints, the state of previous recovery procedures, and more.
Due to the high risk of injury from stroke, which is common in sports, it is important to keep athletes' teeth healthy. The dentist will also look for common signs of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. This disease often occurs alarmingly in young athletes and leaves a clear erosional pattern on the tooth surface.
Athletes need to take special care of their teeth. You need to learn proper oral hygiene and clean it regularly. You need a properly placed mouthguard, not a one-size-fits-all, which results in thousands of sports injuries every year.
You should have your mouthguard checked by your dentist every 12 months to make sure it is still in place and not damaged. Children, especially those who need regular checkups when new adult teeth appear. Take it with you at your regular dental check-up to have it checked.