Did you know that 39% of all dental injuries occur while playing some kind of sport, and of those injuries, up to 75% of those affect at least one of the most visible teeth in the mouth? Point McKay Dental is pleased to offer sports guards to help prevent or minimize such injuries.
A sports guard is a plastic dental appliance that is worn over teeth to protect the teeth and mouth from injuries sustained to the head and face. A high quality properly fitted sports mouthguard absorbs the shock of impacts. If you are struck in the mouth or jaw, the sports mouthguard helps to redistribute the force of that impact. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in and around your mouth. Many studies have shown that mouthguards help prevent chipped or broken teeth, fractures and knockout, and protect against cuts to lips, gums, and other soft tissue in the mouth area.
Anyone who participates in a contact sport that involves bodily contact, falls, or flying equipment, should consider a sports guard. Although dental injuries are commonly associated with contact sports such as football, rugby, hockey, and boxing, other dental and mouth injuries may also occur as a result of accidental contact with people or objects during other athletic activities, including skateboarding, basketball, soccer, squash, gymnastics and Taekwondo. In essence, all sports activities contain some element of risk that could result in a dental injury. The most common sports-related dental injuries include broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, injured cheeks or tongue and even broken jaws.
A properly fitted sports mouthguard is an important equipment investment, especially when considering the cost of the potential dental work required to repair damaged teeth. For people who have to wear braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances, it is especially important to have a sports mouthguard that fits properly. An impact to the mouth can damage the brackets and wires of the braces, and can also cause added cuts and tears to the soft tissue inside your mouth.
Mouthguards vary regarding cost, comfort, and effectiveness. An ideal mouth guard is durable, resilient and comfortable. It should fit properly, be easy to clean, and should not affect your ability to breathe. The basic categories of sports mouthguards on the market include stock-off-the-shelf mouthguards, Boil-and-bite sports mouthguards and Custom-made sports mouthguards. While less expensive stock-off-the-shelf sports store bought mouthguards can initially make you feel as though you are protected from impact, their protection is rather limited. With boil-and-bite mouthguards, while they do have the potential to fit better, the actual fitting process itself has a downside. When biting into the hot mouth guard when it is malleable, the thickness of the mouthguard can be reduced and with it so is the level of protection provided. Custom-made sports mouthguards are designed and fit by your Point McKay dentist, and offer the best protection against injury to your teeth and mouth.
The following are some questions you can ask to help determine if your mouthguard is effective:
If you play any kind of sport, you should be protecting your teeth with a custom fitted sports guard. If you have any questions about sports guards, or you would like to set up an appointment to be fitted for a custom-fitted sports guard, please call a dedicated Point McKay Dental team member today at (403) 289-7829 and we will be happy to help.
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