Using Mouth Guards to Protect Teeth
If you or your child regularly participates in contact sports, a mouth guard should be an essential part of your preventive dental care routine. The American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for more than twenty different sports, including hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, gymnastics, skateboarding, volleyball, soccer, and weightlifting. Not only should you wear a mouth guard during competitions, but also during all practices.
Sports-related accidents are responsible for more than a third of all unintentional injuries in children and teens, and as many as a fifth of those are maxillofacial injuries, according to the American Dental Association. One study revealed that those who are not wearing mouth guards are 1.6 to 1.9 times more likely to suffer an orofacial injury than those who are.
A properly fitted mouth guard is designed to absorb the impact from a direct or indirect blow. These devices are made to fit over the teeth and are typically made from sturdy, resilient plastic. Over-the-counter versions are available in standard, preformed models and boil-and-bite models. We offer fully customized mouth guards, designed for maximum comfort and effectiveness. With the right mouth guard, you can still talk and breathe easily without your mouth will not feel bulky or uncomfortable. Mouth guards should be cleaned between uses according to instructions.
Wearing your mouth guard every time you play, including during practices and competitions, can significantly reduce your risk of chipped, cracked, broken, and knocked-out teeth. Call our dental office today to get fitted for your new athletic mouth guard.
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