Sport enthusiasts may be prone to dental injuries. Let’s discuss how to treat them in Sydney. Many Sydneysiders will be tuning in to the second State of Origin game next week. As is the case in most rugby games, the match between the New South Wales and Queensland teams will involve heaps of rough tackles that send the players’ teeth rattling.

While mouthguards prevent many serious injuries, studies continue to show that over 70 percent of rugby players suffer some type of dental injury during their careers. Fractured or knocked-out teeth are among the most common dental injuries.

5 Facts that All Sport Enthusiasts in Sydney Should Know About Guarding Their Teeth

Contact sports such as rugby and footy can wreak havoc on your teeth, but other sports popular in Sydney involve dental hazards too. Studies show that between 13 percent and 39 percent of dental injuries occur while playing sports, and about 80 percent of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth.

Sport and Dental Injuries

1. Mouthguards are the Way to Go in High-Impact Contact Sports like Rugby and Footy

Thanks to advances in dental technology and materials, mouthguards have significantly decreased the number of dental injuries in sports like rugby and footy. If you play contact sports, have a chat with Dr Luke Cronin to see which type of mouthguard is best suited to protect your teeth.

2. Even “Softer” Contact Sports can Result in Dental Injuries

Dental injuries happen even in low-impact contact sports popular among Sydneysiders, such as soccer and basketball, where mouthguards are not commonly used. In fact, some studies indicate basketball as one of the worst dental-injury inducing sports around. With a hard, rubber ball and heaps of limbs reaching and swiping around on the court, it’s no wonder the players’ smiles can suffer damage that is painful and expensive to repair. If you want to play it safe, talk to Dr Cronin about different mouthguard alternatives.

3. Swimming Can Stain Your Teeth

Sydney is a swimmer’s heaven. However, as relaxing as a dip in a pool can be, it isn’t necessarily great for your teeth. Studies conducted as far back as 1986 found that 39 percent of competitive swimmers suffered from dental enamel erosion. More recent studies have found that chlorinated water in pools can cause tooth decay, yellow- or brown-coloured staining and increased sensitivity in teeth. Damage to tooth enamel occurs when the pH balance of pool water drops too low or the water becomes too acidic. To protect yourself, you check the pH value in a pool using inexpensive testing strips, or have a chat with people responsible for managing the pool about how they check and maintain the proper pH balance.

4. Get a Dental Checkup Before Diving

In Sydney, scuba diving is loved by locals and visitors alike. However, scuba diving is linked to jaw pain, problems in gum tissue and “tooth squeeze” – pain in the centre of the tooth. These symptoms combined are called “diver’s mouth syndrome”, which is caused by the fluctuating air pressure during diving and some divers’ habit of biting too hard on the mouthpiece of their air regulators. You’re more prone to suffer from this condition if you have a cavity, gum disease, abscess or incomplete root canal therapy, so make an appointment with Dr Cronin for a proper checkup before you go scuba diving.

5. Know What To Do in Cases of Sport and Dental Injuries

If you chip a tooth while exercising or playing sport in Sydney, and if there is no bleeding or severe pain, make an appointment with Dr Cronin to assess the damage. If you experience a deep facture that involves both the enamel and dentin parts of the tooth, see our helpful team immediately or within 1-2 days as a deep facture can cause the death of the inner pulp tissue and lead to serious tooth infection and abscess. If one or more of your teeth are knocked out, you should attempt to retrieve the lost teeth, rinse them in clean water or milk and place them back into their sockets as teeth reimplanted within an hour of the accident have a good chance of reattaching to their sockets. If you’re not sure how to reimplant the knocked-out teeth, store them in water or milk and make an emergency appointment at Quality Dental. No matter how serious your sport dental injury is, we can restore your smile with our state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry.

Have any questions about dental injuries? Call our friendly team at 02) 9922 1159 or make an appointment online.