Sports Dentistry is dental care focused on all issues relating to the prevention, assessment and treatment of sports associated dental problems and oro-facial injuries.
Sports Dentistry encompasses more than simply the provision of a sports mouth guard to minimise dental damage from sports traumas. It actually covers many varied issues relating sport, and oral health and wellness
At Melbourne Dentistry, a comprehensive prevention focused dental plan can be recommended for all levels of sporting competition and training, including:
For example, recent studies have identified a correlation between dental problems (such as tooth decay, tartar formation, gum problems and tooth enamel erosion) and how much athletes train. A consumption of sports drinks alone did not account for all of these effects. The increased risk of dental problems was attributed to a significant reduction in the volume of saliva, along with a change in the protective chemistry of saliva during prolonged work out periods (when athletes trained for more than 9 hours per week).
For those who play contact sports, it is worth knowing that fractures of the jaw will often occur at the site of impacted wisdom teeth. The presence of impacted wisdom teeth at the angle of the lower jaw creates a point of weakness in the jawbone. To minimise potential risks for jaw fracture in sports where, speed and collision injuries to the face are more likely, preventive removal of wisdom teeth for some athletes should be considered.
Consider the value of Sports Dentistry as an investment in both injury prevention and support for your wellbeing - so you continue to enjoy peak performance and the positive benefits sports offer for a happy and healthy life.
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