Did you know that 25% of all mouth injuries we see in our dental office are related to sports? Kids, and adults, want to be able to play sports without fear of injury. There is a simple solution that can protect your family: custom sports mouth guards.
If you or your children play sports such as hockey, basketball, football, soccer, baseball, or softball, it is prudent to invest in custom sports mouth guards. A mouth guard should also be worn while skateboarding, rollerblading, ice skating, and other recreational activities. Any small accident or fall can result in damaged teeth or your teeth damaging other parts of your mouth and face. A mouth guard prevents teeth from damaging the soft parts of your face through impact, such as going through a lip or cutting a cheek. Mouth guards also protect teeth from damage such as shattering, cracking, breaking against other teeth, or becoming loose.
To protect against potential damage, we recommend all children and adults wear a custom mouth guard while playing sports. Why custom? Sports mouth guards can be found in many drugstores or sports stores. However, the basic sports mouth guards, and even the ones that boil and form to your mouth, are not truly a perfect fit. They can slip and slide around your mouth, preventing the mouth guard from actually protecting your teeth. A custom mouth guard fits your teeth better, offering superior comfort and protection. It will both cushion and shield the upper teeth of your mouth. This area is the most likely to be injured or injure another part of your face, since the lower teeth are more naturally protected.
Dental catastrophes happen all the time. A well-fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of sports equipment and should be in every sports bag. Make sure you, or your child, is ready to get in the game! Contact Renken Dentistry in Springfield, IL about your mouth guard.