Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries suffered in sports. Children are generally more prone to dental injuries. Mouth guards can be worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of sudden, hard impact.
Mouth guards is a covering worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. It is an adaptable piece of soft plastic that fits in to the mouth area, usually to top of the teeth and should be worn during all athletic activities to safeguard the oral cavity and tooth from serious damage. . Mouth guards can be worn during following sports:
- Field hockey
- Ice hockey
- Martial arts
Many recreational activities such as skateboarding and bicycling also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Exercise caution during these activities.
You may be familiar with the type of mouth guard that is formed by boiling and biting, but you may not know that by using “boil and bites” you’re only getting little or no real protection. That’s because “boil and bites” are formed using low temperatures and as you bite down, most of the material between your teeth is displaced which is where the cushioning is needed most.
ADA(Australian Dental Association) recommends that your mouth guard should be checked every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
Only a professionally custom fitted mouth guard can give you the protection your teeth need.