With a new school year comes the start of fall sports for many student athletes from elementary school up to college. Approximately one-third of all dental injuries are sports-related, so it is vital that athletes wear a mouth guard for sports that involve falls, body contact or flying equipment. Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth and protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for lower teeth as well. A properly fitted mouth guard will help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth, a fractured jaw and injuries to the lips, tongue or face. Some studies have indicated that mouth guards can even reduce concussion risk because they help absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck, and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw. No matter which type of mouth guard you choose, it should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should also fit properly and not restrict your speech or breathing. Mouth guard thickness also has been shown to be a factor that contributes to the level of protection. There are several to choose from:
Between uses, it’s important to keep your mouth guard clean and dry. Here are some tips for making sure your mouth guard is always ready to go:
In the event of a mouth injury, please call us immediately so that we can help. Immediate care can help save permanent teeth. Town and Country Dental is here to help with all of your family’s dental care needs and we accept almost all PPO’s.
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