What sports can cause dental emergencies?

Without researching everything that is considered a sport, I would venture to say that dental injuries and emergencies can occur while participating in, or sometimes just observing, any sporting event -- soccer, baseball, racquetball, handball, croquet, gymnastics, golf and the list goes on. If you are moving, something is swinging, flying or being thrown, you can get hurt. Of course, you may be less likely to receive a dental injury while bowling than playing football, but anything that can happen may happen.

Obviously, in contact sports your chances of injury are greater than in badminton, but if you get hit in the mouth with a badminton racquet, there is a good chance of injury. Even a fall while bicycling can cause dental injury. Therefore, it is always a good idea to wear a mouthguard during sports, especially active and/or contact sports, and a custom mouthguard made by your dentist may protect you from potential injury way beyond the minimal additional cost.

Contact sports or physical sports have the possibility for contact with your teeth or mouth. This can include another playing hitting the face or even a racket or ball hitting the face. To protect from these injuries to the mouth, teeth or jaw be sure to wear a helmet and mouth guard.

There are many sports that can cause dental injuries. A well-fitted, custom-made mouth guard is essential for most sports, especially those that are high contact, such as boxing, football, martial arts, kickboxing, wrestling and street or ice hockey. They are also appropriate for soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, rollerblading, skateboarding, and mountain biking.

Aaron Nelson
Sports Medicine
Playing almost any sport can lead to a dental emergency. Being hit in the mouth by a sporting device such a raquet, stick, bat, ball, puck or by hit by another player(elbowed, kicked, kneed, head-butted) can lead to mild to severe dental issues. Hitting the floor or ground in sport can also lead to trauma to the mounth. If trauma occurs, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
Ice or inline hockey is not the only sport that increases your risk for a dental emergency. Dental emergencies have been commonly reported in boxing, rugby, lacrosse, and even basketball and baseball. People playing any sport  who experience injury to the mouth can have significant damage. Sometimes, an injury to the mouth or teeth may never completely heal.

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