Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes, and some of them cause serious smile damage. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. Direct blows to the teeth (from baseballs, footballs, elbows, the ground, and more) can be cushioned by a mouthguard. It is a simple investment that can protect the teeth and gums during play, and save you from costly dental treatments in the future.
Mouth guard should be worn during:
|Baseball||Cycling (racing)||Lacrosse and Hurling||Racquetball||Snow Sports||Volley Ball|
|Basketball||Field Hockey and Ice Hockey||Mixed Martial Arts||Rugby||Soccer||Water Polo|
|Boxing and Kickboxing||Football||Polo||Rollerblading, Skating and Skateboarding||Surfing||Weightlifting|
|Cricket||Gymnastics||Netball||Skydiving||Track and Field||Wrestling|
CUSTOM FIT MOUTHGUARD
People buy over the counter mouth guard at a convenience store which is made of softer plastic that can be boiled and fitted to your teeth. Unfortunately, they are not very comfortable to wear and the fit is questionable. Due to the softer plastic material, it cannot absorb shock sufficiently, and will not protect you or your child adequately.
Custom fit mouthguards are designed by a dentist and are the most satisfactory of all mouth protectors. They interfere the least with speaking, and studies have shown that the custom mouthguard has virtually no effect on breathing. It is fabricated by being adapted to a stone cast from an impression of your mouth. This allows the mouth guard to cover both the teeth in your upper arch and the surrounding tissues, for maximum retention and resistance to dislodgement.
ADVANTAGES OF CUSTOM FIT MOUTHGUARDS
A custom fitted mouth guard is checked for fit and function when issued to you at your dental visit. It will be more comfortable and easier to wear; hence, you will be more likely to wear it.
Custom fitted mouth guards will prevent and minimize damage to your teeth and jaws without compromising or restricting your speech, ability to breathe or sporting performance. They can be made for any age, sport, level of competition.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOUTHGUARD
Not only will we help you determine the best type of mouthguard, but we will also advise you on ways to take care of your appliance. Your mouthguard care should include proper cleaning and storage as well as timely replacement when it gets worn or no longer fits properly.
We are committed to helping you protect your smile. A mouthguard is a valuable investment that can greatly reduce your risk for sports-related trauma to the teeth and gums. To schedule your fitting for a custom mouthguard, please contact Mount Prospect Smiles today.