Physical activity is important to your overall wellbeing and health. While taking part in sports offers an abundance of health benefits, it can also wreak havoc on your oral care. A recent study found that professional athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more frequently than most people. The main reason for this is that athletes regularly use sports drinks, energy bars, and energy gels, which are known to damage teeth. Also, impact sports that cause damage to your teeth if you suffer blows to the face. If you are an athlete, your everyday routine and habits make it crucial for you to adopt sound oral habits and get regular dental treatments.
Let’s take a look at some dental treatments you can add to your routine help keep your smile bright and healthy:
Preventative Dental treatments
Regular dental treatments and check-ups
In the sporting arena, Oral health is often overlooked. Just like other physical examinations, dental screenings should also take place on a regular basis. For example, as a professional athlete, you may be unable to perform well on the field if you have an oral issue such as a toothache. At JJS Dentistry, we practice Sports Dentistry to prevent and detect oral sports injuries and provide you with excellent tips to keep your mouth healthy and free from dental problems. We also provide dental scaling and polishing to keep cavities and decay at bay.
One way to keep those pearly whites healthy is by wearing a mouthguard. A typical mouth guard covers the top teeth. Mouthguards are an effective dental treatment that protects against cut lips, broken teeth and other types of damage to the mouth. Wearing a mouthguard is vital if your sport of choice is soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, or mountain biking.
Mouthguards mainly cover the upper teeth and they shield you against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to your mouth. If you wear other appliances such as braces, we may recommend a mouthguard for the bottom teeth as well.
At JJS Dentistry, we create custom-made mouthguards that provide a comfortable fit and advanced protection.
Restorative dental treatments
No matter how careful you are as a professional athlete, you may still suffer blows to the mouth, resulting in injuries, especially knocked out teeth. Luckily, dental implants offer a way to fill in gaps.
Today’s modern implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Dr JJ Serfontein offers same-day dental implants so that you can be back on the sports field in no time!
Crowns and bridges
If your tooth is damaged but still has a healthy foundation, it can be protected and visually improved by inserting a crown. Porcelain crowns are natural-looking covers that fit securely over a compromised tooth to correct fractures, breaks, or stains. To prepare your tooth for a crown, we will make adjustments to your existing tooth, ensuring a proper fit.
Ceramic fillings dental treatments
Ceramic fillings are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, small cracks or fractures. Composite fillings can be coloured to matched adjacent natural teeth, so your smile looks 100% natural. Playing contact sports can leave you vulnerable to mouth injuries. Luckily, dental fillings are very durable and have been known to last many years.
The team at JJS Dentistry focus on preventing and minimising the damage of sports injuries as much as possible. Injury prevention involves educating the athlete about protecting and preserving the health of their teeth. This includes having correctly fitted mouthguards and having the necessary knowledge on how to maintain oral hygiene. Contact us today for comprehensive dental treatments to suit your active lifestyle.