Do you participate in any athletic or recreational activity that involves a risk of contact with the face and mouth? Everything would be affected if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth – Smiling, talking, eating. Even minor direct force to your mouth can cause teeth to chip, break or come loose.
We highly recommend wearing some form of custom dental mouth guard to protect your teeth during activities that can pose a risk to your teeth and mouth. Particularly during contact sports such as football, hockey, boxing etc., where blows to the face are regular occurrences. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.
Did you know mouth guard can prevent injury to other parts of your mouth as well such as the tongue, lips, face and jaw? It can also prevent or lessen the effects of headaches and concussions. A mouth guard is an vital piece of athletic gear that should be part of any athlete’s standard equipment regardless of their age.
Do you have Braces or a Fixed Bridge?
A custom fitted mouth guard is important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A mouth guard will provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks during a physical activity that may result in a blow to your face.
Types of mouth guards:
- Premade or Stock Mouth Guards – These are available at any sporting goods store, but provide only limited protection because they cannot be adjusted to your mouth. We do not recommend their use.
- Boil and Bite Mouth Guards — These are softened with hot water then molded over your teeth. These are also available at sporting goods stores, and provide somewhat customized fit which leads to better protection and greater ease in talking and breathing.
- Custom Mouth Guards – Not only they look COOL, but are designed and made for your teeth and offer the best fit, comfort and protection. Their cost may be more than the stock ones because they are custom designed and made for your mouth by your dentist. However they provide better protection against dental trauma, jaw fracture and jaw joint (“TMJ”) injury because they are made with higher quality shock absorbing material that significantly reduces the force of impact to the jaws and teeth.
Caring for your mouth guard
- Do not leave the mouth guard in the sun or in hot water
- Carry the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents
- Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Every now and then clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly