You both need a sports guard for your mouth! Last night, Miami Heat guard, Goran Dragic, lost yet another tooth in a heated basketball match against the Detroit Pistons. It’s the second time a misplaced arm has taken out a tooth for Dragic this season, so perhaps he should visit his dentist, for more than the most obvious reason – replacing that tooth.
Even if you’re not a professional basketball player, if you’re into sports, you need to be wearing a mouth guard. Sports-related injuries are very common – even if you’re not involved in what we would call a “contact” sport. An athletic guard, custom-molded by your dentist, offers many benefits as it…
- Acts as a buffer for your soft oral tissue (think gums and lips)
- Cushions your teeth from loss or fractures
- Gives you confidence, so you can play more aggressively without worrying about an unwanted injury
- Significantly cheaper than the cost of an emergency dental visit
- Can even protect against concussions
If you like to hit the court, the mat, or the field, be sure to slip in a customized guard that will stay in place all game long. Customized guards fit more securely than anything available over the counter.
It’s Not Too Late
Perhaps you and Goran Dragic have another thing in common – an oral emergency! If you’ve already suffered from a sports-related dental injury, give your dentist a call right away. A knocked out tooth can potentially be reseated, with quick action. Chipped or broken teeth can also be restored with dental bonding or custom crowns./p>
Depending on your dental injury, your treatment may vary. Don’t be like Dragic – who spit out his tooth and continued to play! Take a time out and call your dentist for prompt treatment and pain relief.
A word to the wise- if you love playing sports, do your smile a favor and get a customized sports guard from your dentist!