Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any one participating in potentially injurious recreational or sporting activities. Fitting snugly over the upper teeth, mouth guards protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the esthetic appearance and the health of the smile. In addition, mouth guards are sometimes used to prevent tooth damage in people who grind (brux) their teeth at night.
How can mouth guards protect me?
The majority of sporting organizations now require participants to routinely wear mouth guards. Though mouth guards are primarily designed to protect the teeth, they can also vastly reduce the degree of force transmitted from a trauma impact point (jaw) to the central nervous system (base of the brain). In this way, mouth guards help minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury, which is especially important for younger children.
Mouth guards also reduce the prevalence of the following injuries:
Our custom fit sports guards are made out of a strong plastic material that is molded over top of your upper teeth that offer supperior strength and comfort. We highly recommend getting a sportguard if you are playing a high impact contact sport.
If you have questions or concerns about choosing a mouth guard for yourself or your child, please contact our South Edmonton Common Dental office.