East Gwillimbury dentist explains the importance of mouthguards for sports
Playing sports has many benefits for children and adults alike – in addition to the physical benefits of exercise, sports help build friendships and teach children how to work with others. However, sports injuries are common and are among the leading causes of knocked-out teeth in children, and traumatic injuries can also cause permanent damage to other oral structures. At Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, we offer custom-made mouthguards for patients of all ages.
Why use a mouthguard?
Sports mouthguards offer protection against various injuries, including falls and blows to the face from balls, sports equipment, or other players. In addition to protecting the teeth from the force of the blow, mouthguards also prevent the teeth from slamming together too forcefully and/or biting down on the tongue. Additionally, a properly fitted mouthguard can help reduce the transmission of forces from the jaw to the skull, helping with concussion prevention in some cases.
Benefits of using a custom-made mouthguard
A variety of sports mouthguards can be found in your local store or online. Some are labeled as “one-size-fits-all,” which means that they don’t offer a great fit for anyone and can cause discomfort and breathing issues. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are designed to improve the fit slightly, but they still offer suboptimal protection and comfort. That’s why we offer custom-made mouthguards to preserve the health and appearance of our patient’s smiles! Custom-made mouthguards:
- Provide optimal protection: The material and thickness of the mouthguards that we use are designed to offer the best protection in case of traumatic injury.
- Are more comfortable: With a custom fit, the mouthguard can better protect teeth and gums and reduce the transmission of shock to the skull. It is also more comfortable, and therefore, your child is more likely to wear it at all times while playing.
- Don’t inhibit breathing: Mouthguards that don’t inhibit airflow are important while performing physical activity.
- Are easy and quick to obtain: Getting a custom-made mouthguard for you or your child just involves a quick visit to the office, where we will take dental impressions that are used to create the mouthguard (similar to those taken for an orthodontic retainer).
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