Whether you go to Lauderdale-by-the-sea or head north to Pompano Beach, there are plenty of great surf spots here in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While surfing is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, most people can be unaware of the potential risks this pastime has for oral health. One wrong pop-up can lead to a wipeout, resulting in a tooth being knocked out. It’s not surprising that dental trauma jumps up in frequency during the summer months while more people are enjoying outdoor activities in the beautiful summer weather. If you have a tooth knocked out this summer, there are amazing options like dental implants to restore your missing tooth. However, there are a few steps you can take to avoid tooth loss altogether. Dr. Daniel Fenton explains the best way to protect your teeth from injury while surfing this summer.
Five Tips for Avoiding Dental Trauma While Surfing
- Surf According to Your Skill Level: Overzealous newcomers can often be tempted to tackle waves far beyond their skill, which can lead to dangerous wipeouts leading to dental trauma. Assess whether you’re an advanced or beginner surfer and go after waves accordingly.
- Choose Your Surfboard Wisely: Along with the last point, you should choose a surfboard that best fits your surfing style and skill level. Shortboards are generally faster and more maneuverable while longboards are slow and smooth. Choose a board that will fit the type of surfing you want. Nothing can be worse than a wipeout from trying to go slow and steady on a board meant to take off like a rocket.
- Use a Foam Board if You’re Brand New to Surfing: There have been plenty of new surfers that have knocked out their teeth from smacking into their own surfboard. Surfboards are most commonly made of polyurethane with layers of fiberglass covering it. A foam board is light and soft, allowing for newbies to get the feel for surfing before graduating to a fiberglass or epoxy board.
- Notice Other Surfers in the Lineup: Depending on the particular surf spot, there can be a lineup of surfers waiting to catch the next wave. Dental trauma can occur from running into objects or your surfing peers, so be aware of other people in the water.
- Wear a Mouthguard: If you’re concerned about your teeth being knocked out or if you notice you clench your teeth while surfing, we recommend wearing a mouthguard. Use a mouthguard that isn’t bulky and won’t inhibit breathing.
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Remember these tips while you’re out on the water this summer. Although these tips seem like common sense, there are many cases of dental trauma that could have been easily avoided by following a few simple steps. If you find yourself dealing with tooth loss due to a dental accident or any other reason, dental implants can be a great option for restoring your smile. Here at Bayview Smile Design, we recommend restoring missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid any other oral issues that can arise from tooth loss. To begin your dental implant process, contact our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.