For many parents, cheering their children on from the sidelines is a favorite pastime. At My Dental Clinic, we’re excited to see your children be active and have fun playing sports as well. However, we can’t help but think about the safety of their teeth! Sports are well known to be a hobby that comes with the risk of injury. Even in non-contact sports such as track or gymnastics, it’s possible to sustain an injury to the mouth just by a misstep or a fall. Fortunately, these injuries are preventable. Just as athletes wear knee pads or shin guards, mouth guards should be a part of their equipment to protect their smiles.
A mouth guard is an oral appliance custom-made to fit athletes. It is designed to protect teeth, including any orthodontic appliances, from damage during sports. It is meant to fit snugly against the teeth and orthodontics to offer a layer of protection to absorb impact. Mouth guards are a critical piece of equipment when playing sports – they are the only way to ensure the safety of the teeth and orthodontics, either by preventing injuries altogether or minimizing the damage.
Mouth guards are made of a soft plastic or laminate and come in three different types, each in a different price range and providing a different level of protection.