What is a Mouth Guard and Why is it Important?
Soft plastic athletic mouth guards are made at the Ottawa Denture & Implant Centre. They are adapted to fit comfortably over the upper teeth and are important because they protect not only the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue.
They also help protect an athlete from concussions and jaw fractures. Without a mouth guard, an athlete could lose many teeth and incur expensive damage. The average cost of dental treatment over a lifetime for one tooth lost is approximately $5,000. When it comes to sports equipment, mouth guards are a priority.
When Should Someone Wear a Mouth Guard?
People should wear an athletic mouth guard whenever they are involved in an activity with risk of falls or physical contact with other players or equipment. This includes football, baseball, hockey, skateboarding, and even gymnastics. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous sports for teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.
How Does One Choose a Mouth Guard?
It is important to choose an athletic mouth guard that fits comfortably. If a mouth guard interferes with breathing or speech, or if it feels bulky, it won’t be worn. The best way to ensure proper protection, fit, and comfort is to consult your Denturist at the Ottawa Denture & Implant Centre.
How Does One Properly Care for an athletic Mouth Guard?
When not in use, all mouth guards should be stored in a plastic container to avoid damage due to excessive heat or cold. They should be washed after each use, using cold or lukewarm water as hot water may cause distortion.
Prior to insertion, a mouth guard may be rinsed in mouthwash to freshen the taste. As a general rule, it is recommended that a standard mouth guard is replaced every two to three years.
Whatever your age or sport, mouth guards are an important part of sports safety and your exercise routine. Do what you can to protect your smile and preserve your health. Ensure that you have a properly fitted mouth guard made by our dental and denture professionals in Ottawa.
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