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Reasons for Wearing a Sports Mouth Guard

Whether you regularly participate in sports or are the proud parent of a sporty child, a well-fitting sports mouth guard is a must. Most of us, when playing sports in Newcastle, will make sure we have all the right protective gear such as cycling helmets, shin guards and kneepads when skating, but sports mouth guards are often overlooked.

A sports-related dental injury can be distressing for everyone concerned. Dental injuries can also be costly, and especially if you calculate to lifetime costs of restorative care. A well-made mouth guard is a bit like a crash helmet that helps to protect your teeth and jaws, cushioning them against knocks and blows, and it could save a lot of heartache, time and money. Outlined below are just some of the reasons why a custom sports mouth guard in Clarington is a purchase you will never regret.

Protecting Against Tooth Displacement
When you wear a mouth guard, it helps to distribute the impact of a heavy blow to the mouth, so it’s less likely that only one or two teeth will absorb the impact. Distributing these forces helps to reduce the risk of tooth displacement and injury.

Protecting against Fractured Teeth
One of the most important reasons for wearing a mouthguard is to protect against tooth fractures. Unfortunately, sometimes, when teeth fracture, they can be very difficult to save. We may be able to restore the tooth with a crown, but if the fracture exposes the dental pulp right in the centre of the tooth, you may need a root canal treatment. In the worst case, if the tooth root has fractured, we may be unable to save the tooth.

Helping to Prevent Knocked-out Teeth
Nobody wants to knock out a tooth while playing sports, and wearing a mouthguard reduces this risk. However, if the worst does happen, it might be possible to save the tooth if you act quickly. It’s sometimes possible to replace the tooth in the empty socket, but only very shortly after the accident.

If you or your child does lose a tooth, pick it up by the crown and rinse off any visible dirt in water or milk. If you can, try to replace the tooth in the socket immediately, holding it in position with a clean tissue or finger. Otherwise, keep the tooth moist by storing it in your cheek or a small container of milk or saliva, or wrap it in cling film. Come and see us here at West Bowmanville Family Dental immediately, and we will do our best to save the tooth.

Protecting Against Soft Tissue Injuries
Sports mouthguards cover the sharp edges on teeth that could otherwise cut your cheeks, lips or tongue. If you haven’t been wearing a mouthguard and do suffer soft tissue injuries that are bleeding, rinse your mouth out with a mild saltwater solution and use a clean piece of gauze to apply gentle but firm pressure to the wound for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, come and see us straight away or go to the nearest emergency department.

Protecting against Jaw Fractures
Wearing a mouth guard helps to pad your teeth, protecting your head and your jaws, reducing the impact that could otherwise cause jaw fractures or even concussion.

If you are interested in having a custom sports mouth guard made for you or your child, come and see our dentist in Courtice. Custom mouth guards are well-fitting, comfortable and provide the maximum amount of protection for your teeth and jaws.

Jul 26, 2019 by

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