Sports are fun and highly valued in our communities even though participation in them comes with certain risks of injury. Mouth injuries and sports, unfortunately, go hand in hand: baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, hockey pucks, and people’s elbows, knees, helmets, etc., all are potential tooth dislodgement devices. Luckily, however, your dentist at Premier Smile can custom fit a mouth guard that, if properly worn, will lessen the risk of injury.
A mouth guard minimizes the risk of a broken or cracked tooth, because the mouth guard helps to cushion the blow of a strike. But this only works if the mouth guard is worn properly. Oftentimes we see athletes with mouth guards in the corners of their mouth, chewing on the ends. They may not even realize they are doing it, but if they were to get hit that mouth guard isn’t going to protect their teeth.
When to Wear a Mouth Guard
A Mouth Guard should be worn in any sport—although not every sport requires one—where there is an inherent risk of injury to the teeth. From a very early age children should be encouraged to wear mouth guards when participating in certain sports; the earlier the better so that the child gets used to the mouth guard early. Sports such as Football and Martial Arts, Hockey and Lacrosse, usually all require the use of a mouth guard to participate. But that isn’t to say that someone can’t have major dental damage when they fall doing gymnastics or catch an elbow by another kid at a soccer game.
Types of Mouth Guards
Any mouth guard can be custom fitted by your dentist at Premier Smile. If you purcase an entirely customized mouth guard, it can be created and molded for that perfect comfortable fit—kids who wear braces may appreciate the comfortable feel of a custom fit mouth guard. You can also use the standard “boil and bite” style of mouth guard. But make sure if you choose this style of mouth guard that you precisely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve that perfect fit.
If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment to have your child fitted with a mouth guard, call Premier Smile today.