Once your adult teeth are all in, it is important to take great care of them and protect them from more than just bacteria. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common in many sports and can cause teeth loss or chipped teeth. Preventing injury can be accomplished, simply, by wearing a sports mouth guard. A mouthguard is a cushioning appliance made of flexible material that fits snugly over the teeth to help prevent injuries to the teeth and mouth. Visit your dentist to review your options and choose what is best for you.
There are three basic types of mouthguards:
- Pre-made mouthguard
- “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard
- Custom-made mouthguard from your dentist
How To Choose The Right Mouth Guard For You
Choosing a mouth guard is an important step in selecting the best one for your individual fit and needs. Similar to buying clothes, you want to make sure that you purchase something that fits you specifically; not everything on the rack feels good when you put it on. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard. Your dental professional can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
Mouth guards are recommended for just about every sport. Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential, as sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries incurred by athletes. Mouth guards lessen the impact of the facial trauma to the mouth, cushioning the blow of a ball, elbow or fall. These types of injuries can cause you to chip a tooth, loose teeth or suffer nerve damage.
If you have questions about sports mouth guards, call us today and schedule an appointment.