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For the next few months, in our strong belief in a healthy lifestyle, we are having a promotion where you can score a free mouth guard for your sports activities.
More than 5 million teeth are avulsed each year due to sport related injuries or due to improperly fitting/fabricated mouth guards
As a parent of a child who plays sports have you ever wondered how to protect their teeth from being injured? How effective are mouth guards?
Do mouth guards provide protection?
YES! YES! YES!
Accidents can occur at any time during physical activity. The advantage of using a mouth guard can help limit the risk of mouth related injuries to the mouth, tongue and soft tissue. Mouth guards can also prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss.
Should a player take a blow to the chin causing the teeth to slam together, it’s possible for this force to be transmitted to the brain and if violent enough could lead to a concussion. A mouth guard can help reduce the chance of a concussion by cushioning the force of the teeth slamming together.
Store bought VS. Custom made
Store bought (boil and bite) mouth guards are adequate for most participants in sport with little to no contact. They can be purchased at many sporting goods store, and are made of a thermal plastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften the material, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using your fingers and tongue
Custom made mouth guards are made to fit your mouth. Your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send this information to the dental lab to have your mouth guard custom made to fit only you.
Mouth guards are becoming increasingly mandatory for hockey in most communities in Canada. Hockey Canada advises:
“Although the facemask does prevent dental injuries, it is still recommended that all players who play hockey wear an internal mouth guard. Dental injuries still occur despite the use of a facemask. Properly fitted mouth guards have been shown to significantly reduce dental and oral injuries in hockey”
Contact our office to book your appointment to have your mouth guard made.