If you’ve ever played a competitive sport, then you are probably already familiar with the piece of soft plastic or resin which is used to cover the teeth and gums to protect them against injury.
An athletic mouth guard, also called a “sports guard”, is a piece of personal equipment which is essential for protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw while playing competitive sports. They can be purchased at most stores that sell sporting goods, but we recommend having a custom-fitted mouth guard created by your Anderson, SC oral care professional. The gentle and caring staff at Carolina Oaks Dental Care will work with your schedule to get you in quickly, as well as make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed while they work to create your custom-made, fitted mouth guard.
How Do Mouth Guards Protect Your Teeth?
A mouth guard is designed to fit snugly over your upper teeth and will protect your mouth from any injuries sustained while playing high-impact sports such as football and hockey. In fact, mouth guards are so critical that the majority of sporting organizations now require that mouth guards be worn at all times while in play.
During the course of a game, it is likely that players will fall, jostle, bump into one another, and perform a variety of maneuvers which could put their teeth at risk. By inserting a mouth guard before the game begins, you can ensure that you will not sustain damage such as chipped, broken, or cracked teeth as a result of an injury.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) specifically advocates that children should wear mouth guards at all times while playing sports to prevent a traumatic brain injury. Ask your Anderson, SC dentist for more details about how a mouth guard can help protect your child.
How Do Mouth Guards Protect You While Playing?
Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports can help protect a variety of areas surrounding your teeth and gums, including:
- Cheek lesions. Mouth guards prevent teeth from coming into contact with the gums and cheeks during an injury.
- Lip lesions. Similarly, mouth guards keep your teeth from damaging the soft tissue of your lips during play.
- Broken teeth. By protecting your teeth during play, mouth guards can reduce the likelihood that you will chip or break a tooth as a result of an injury.
- Gum, tongue, and soft tissue injuries. Your teeth are sharper than we often realize, which is why your trusted dentist in Anderson, SC will recommend a mouth guard to keep them from damaging your soft tissue.