Do you participate in Jiu-Jitsu? You better wear a mouthguard and take precaution for your dentition. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. But in sports like this, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard.
Dental trauma, especially in children and young adults, has been reported from several countries as well as countries such as Turkey with high rates between 11 and 60%. A large number of these injuries can cause irreparable dental loss or even if treated, root resorption or ankylosis could occur. The incidence of dental injuries in contact sports points out the importance of the problem. Mouthguard use should be encouraged and mandated to prevent injuries.
Custom mouthguards should be used by all practitioners of sports that present the risk of blows or falls. There are a variety of types and materials that can be utilized in the manufacture of mouth guards and can be adapted for patients who have a prosthesis or orthodontic appliances. Mouthguards offer protection to the dental and periodontal structures during contact sports practice, by decreasing the number and severity of injuries caused by blows or falls to the oral region. Also, for your information, mouthguards are popularly used in rugby, Australia’s favorite sport.
Studies have shown groups of athletes with the highest rate of dental traumas were jiu-jitsu and others. In the martial arts modality groups of athletes. Awareness of the importance of mouthguards did not mean its usage by the athletes, proved to be highly informed about mouthguard although such equipment has been scarcely used by them. Coaches, dentists, and parents should help athletes understand the necessity of using a mouthguard while engaged in sports activities.
Most athletes recognize the importance of using a mouthguard, although they reported not having received information about orofacial trauma during sports practice; most athletes use thermoplastic mouthguard; it is mandatory to disseminate information about the benefits of using custom mouthguard (type III) as well as encourage the use of this particular kind by all practitioners of martial arts.