What exactly is a Mouth Guard?
A mouth guard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over the teeth and can help protect your child’s smile, which includes their teeth, as well as his or her lips, tongue, face, and jaw. Any time they might get hit or injured can be frustrating and even devastating. A mouth guard that is custom made for their mouth can help stop any injury from being even worse. Also it is good to know that new research conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates that mouth guards can even help reduce the severity of a concussion.
Many would consider it common sense that hockey, boxing, football and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouth guards. But others sport activities, like skateboarding, basketball and gymnasts, have made the American Dental Association list of athletes who need mouth guards. This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports related. Our faces are an important part of you and your child’s image and self confidence. It’s much better to be safe than…toothless!!
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Getting a custom-made mouth guard will ensure proper comfort, practical fit and what is most important, give proper protection to your child’s teeth. During your appointment one of our doctors and trained technicians will take an impression of your child’s mouth. This impression will then be taken into the lab and be used to create the custom-made mouth guard. You’ll feel comforted in knowing you have taken one additional step in keeping your child safe
ADA & ASD Advice
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend mouth guards for athletes who participate in many different sports which include but aren’t limited to: