Sports guards, also known as mouth guards, are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:
- …or any sport where contact is a possibility.
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.
Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection. They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals).
See your dentist today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.
If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, dull headache or tooth pain, you may be suffering from bruxism or teeth grinding. The most common way to relieve the effects of bruxism is wearing a night guard. This is an appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night. The main function of a night guard is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles. Your dentist can fit you with a comfortable, custom night guard that will protect your teeth and jaw from damage, and help you get a good night’s rest.