Protect Your Smile with Dental Mouth Guards
Enjoy sports and other activities while preventing dental injuries
Still think mouth guards are just for boxers? It’s really time to consider them for you and your family. The popularity and competitiveness of youth sports has resulted in significant number of dental and facial injuries according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It has been reported that sports accidents may account for nearly 40 percent of dental injuries in children. Even adults who participate in non-contact activities such as running or skating are at risk of damaging their teeth and mouth.
Wearing a simple mouth guard can protect teeth from chips, breaks, or nerve damage requiring extensive dental work. It could even prevent having a tooth knocked out. A mouth guard also shields soft tissues like your lips, cheeks, and tongue. It’s even more important to wear a mouth guard if you have braces or a permanent dental prosthetic like a crown or bridge.
There are a few different styles of mouth protectors:
- Custom-fitted mouth guard. We create a custom fitted mouth guard using impressions of your mouth. This protects your upper arch, where most injuries occur, and can be made to fit comfortably over orthodontics on the lower arch as well. This tailor-made mouth guard provides the best quality and fit - it stays in place and provides excellent protection.
- “Boil and bite” mouth guard. Sporting goods stores and drugstores also offer mouth protectors. You soften this mouth guard in warm water to allow it to adapt to the shape of your mouth. Be sure to follow instructions carefully to ensure a good fit.
- Stock mouth guard. These are the least expensive mouth protectors available and for a few dollars can help protect your teeth. They come in sizes small, medium, and large.
We believe all active people would benefit from some type of mouth protector. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that 200,000 dental injuries to high school and college students are prevented each year with the use of mouth guards – and that’s just for the sport of football!
Even those of you not involved in collision sports need to be aware of the risks of your activities. For example, if you or your family members enjoy popular activities such as baseball, soccer or running, there are still significant risks. An errant elbow or a hard fall can damage teeth and surrounding tissues. You can reduce the likelihood of dental injuries with a properly fitted mouth guard, which is why the ADA recommends using them.
Please let us know if you or your family members play sports or have other active hobbies, so we can discuss how to protect those smiles.