If you've enrolled your child or yourself into hockey, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, self defense or any contact sport or activity, you will undoubtedly need to create a list of safety equipment. Even non contact sports (think of skateboarding, squash, etc) can result in mouth injuries. If a mouthguard isn't on your list of equipment, add it now!
Your child should be protected from a young age to avoid tooth loss and other oral injuries. As for reasons to protect your mouth, simply take a look at any nostalgic photos of the old time hockey players, have a good laugh at the field goal style teeth…and get a mouthguard.
Mouthguards are flexible dental appliances worn by athletes to protect teeth from possible damage. They are usually made of plastic materials that fit comfortably over your teeth and gums.
In addition to protecting teeth, mouthguards prevent injury to the lips and cheeks. Also, the lower jaw cannot impact with the same force into the upper jaw and it has been suggested that this can avert major injuries such as concussions, jaw fractures, neck injuries.
While over-the-counter mouth guards are available and offer some protection, we suggest speaking to us about a custom-fitted mouth guard. A professionally created mouth guard will protect the teeth, gums and bone structure optimally. Over-the-counter versions are protective as well, but to a lesser degree.
At High Park Dental Care we can create mouth guards for you and your child ensuring that your activities are safer for your smile.
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