Mouth Guards Protect Your Smile
Participation in contact sports carries the risk of sustaining some form of dental injury. In children, accidents while playing contact sports accounts for almost 40% of all dental injuries. Boys are more likely to incur injuries than girls with a peak incidence of 8 to 11 years of age. Injuries to the upper incisor teeth are the most common and can result I the permanent tooth being fractured, discoloured or even lost.
Mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, we may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
Depending on your age, your mouthguard may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. So the mouthguard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit the new shape of your mouth.
Advantages of a Mouthguard
A mouthguard, professionally made by your dentist helps to reduce dental injuries to your teeth and mouth. These mouthguards have the most comfortable secure fit therefore allowing the athlete to breathe and speak easily.
They act by absorbing some of the energy from the direct blow at the site and dissipating the remaining energy by cushioning and redistributing the force of the impact. This also reduces the incidence of fracture to the jaws.