Do you or your child play any contact sports? Do not allow yourself or your child to be a victim of a preventable sports injury. Taking preventive steps, such as wearing sports guards, is the best defense against dental issues.
At Glen Abbey Dental, we offer services to our active patients who must protect their teeth. One of the best ways to protect yourself is by wearing a mouth guard. We understand that wearing a mouth guard is not mandatory as a part of sports attire or equipment, but we cannot stress the importance of wearing one. Continue reading to learn more about mouth guards and how they can save your teeth.
You may be wondering, “What is a mouth guard exactly?”
A mouth guard is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums to prevent injury. They limit damage to your teeth and also help to prevent injury to the cheeks, lips, gums, and surrounding area. In some cases, mouth guards can even decrease the chances of getting a concussion. Mouth guards act as a cushion when an individual experiences any blow to the face and mouth area, in particular.
There are several different types of mouth guards available, such as:
- Custom-made mouth guards: Provide full coverage and protection. This type of mouth guard is most effective in terms of protection but more costly than the other available types.
- Mouth-formed mouth guards: Must be boiled in hot water and allowed to soften before inserting into the mouth.
- Ready-made mouth guards: are the cheapest and least effective in terms of protection. This is partly due to the fact that they are formed out of polyvinyl or rubber and can worsen the damage in some cases. Our dentists do not recommend their use.
Why do I need a mouth guard?Our team at Glen Abbey Dental has seen many cases of dental injuries that could have been prevented if the individual had been wearing a mouth guard or taken other safety precautions.
Educate yourself on the most common oral injuries associated with the activities you partake in so that you can take proactive measures and protect yourself. No matter how old you are, or what sport you play, mouth guards are a great form of safety and will be beneficial to you and your long-term oral health.
Interested in learning more about how to care for your oral health and protect your teeth? Check out this link with 11 ways to keep your teeth healthy by clicking here. (link: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/best-practices-for-healthy-teeth#1)