If you or your children participate in some sort of contact sport, then you should always be wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards can help protect you in many ways and although they are just small, rubber devices, they can have a big impact on your health and safety while participating in sports.
Collisions that happen in contact sports like football and hockey, and even incidental contact that can happen in non-contact sports, can cause serious injuries to the mouth and surrounding area. Broken teeth, fractured jaws, and lip and cheek lacerations are just some of the unfortunate injuries that can occur in these types of brutal collisions. Although these collisions may not be avoidable at times, the injuries can be!
Mouthguards are small mouth shaped products made of rubber materials. Mouthguards are specifically shaped to an individuals mouth forming a cushion between the top and bottom teeth, as well as a layer between the front teeth and the lip. There are a few different kinds of mouthguards and it will be up to you to decide which kind to go with. You can buy mouthguards off the self and boil and shape them yourselves at home, this method is less expensive and if molded properly, they do provide solid oral protection. For the best protection, your dentist can professionally shape a mouthguard to your mouth and this will provide optimal protection for you. Mouthguards can do an excellent job at not only keeping your mouth safe during a collision but also your brain! Mouthguards can help reduce your risk of concussions by absorbing some of the impact sustained during a hit.
In the unfortunate event of a sports-related dental injury, Lindner Dental can help. We can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a mouthguard, whatever age you are! Contact Lindner Dental to discuss personal mouthguard molding.