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There are many branches of dentistry in the dental world, including family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry, and preventive dentistry. Little did you know, there is also sports dentistry. The FDI World Dental Foundation defines this branch of dentistry as the branch that deals with the prevention and treatment of dental issues and oral diseases related to sports and exercise.

When you think of sports injuries, you probably think about sprained ankles, torn ligaments, and even head injuries. You probably don’t think of oral injuries. Unfortunately, most oral injuries result from sports and exercise, which is why sports dentistry is so beneficial. The dentists who provide sports dentistry can help you protect your smile and prevent injury with a mouthguard as well as treat any tooth, tissue, or mouth injury, like knocked-out teeth, cracked teeth, dislocated jaw, injured tongue, and more.

A mouthguard is a strong and reliable appliance that fits over your teeth and protects them when hard, forceful objects hit the mouth. In fact, it absorbs the shock involved. Fortunately, there are many different types of mouthguards available, like stock, boil-and-bite, and custom-made mouthguards. If you would like to know which guard is right for you, please talk to your dentist, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about sports dentistry in St. Joseph, Missouri, please contact Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788. Our dental team will be thrilled to help you.