Playing sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun! But before you hit the playing field, it’s essential to wear the right athletic equipment and that includes a mouth guard. Mouth guards also called sports guards, protect the teeth from injuries due to a blow to the face.
An injury to the face and mouth can knock one or more teeth out. Even one missing tooth can affect eating, talking and your smile. Repairing a missing tooth can be costly. Fortunately, mouth guards reduce your risk of suffering an injury.
A mouth guard is worn over your upper teeth and may decrease your chances of broken teeth, a cut lip and other injuries to the jaw and tongue. The top teeth, which stick out a bit more, are usually a little more vulnerable to injury than the bottom teeth. But there might be instances where we may suggest wearing a mouth guard on the lower teeth as well.
You and your family should wear a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports, such as football, boxing and hockey that may lead to collisions with other players and result in a dental injury. A mouth guard is also a good idea if you’re participating in certain higher risk activities where a fall may occur including mountain biking and skateboarding.
There are three types of mouth guards including boil and bite, stock guards and custom fit. Using a boil and bite guard involves boiling the guard to soften it and placing it in your mouth so it can adapt to the shape of your teeth. Stock guards are pre-formed and ready to wear.
But when it comes to mouth guards, your best bet is a custom fit guard. At our dental clinic in Edmonton, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will make a custom mouth guard to ensure it fits properly and will provide the best protection. Since custom made mouth guards are designed specifically for your mouth, they are usually more comfortable than over the counter stock guards or boil and bite guards.
At Strathcona Dental Clinic, our team will also provide instructions on how to care for your mouth guard including how to clean it and when to replace it.
Please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433- 1154 to have a mouth guard made or for more information. You’re also welcome to book an appointment online at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.