We recommend using mouth guards during: during hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, or any other activities where your mouth may get hit. When you get hit, the trauma can move your teeth, affect the tooth nerve and create abscesses. A custom-made mouthguard can protect your teeth, gum, and jaw if properly made. At Gleneagle Dental, we create customized mouth guard from flexible plastic materials that will protect your teeth at any time.
Types of Mouthguards
- Night guards: In addition to sports mouth guards your teeth can get damaged due to teeth grinding or bruxism. Bruxism can be explained as the clenching motion of the top and bottom teeth together during sleep. It can lead to headaches, jaw problems, and damaged teeth. The night guards are specially made so that you the plastic cushion (Occlusal splints) absorb the shock of the clenching. Bruxism can often start due to stress and anxiety. The Occlusal splints or limit your jaw muscle movement while you sleep, and provide protection from any grinding you subconsciously do.
- Athletic Mouthguards: A small trauma to the mouth can cause severe dental damage that can be extensive and expensive to treat. You can minimize the risk of trauma to your teeth by wearing a mouth guard during sports activities. Contact sports are like football, rugby, hockey, and boxing have a higher risk of dental injuries.The amount of injuries while performing these sports in moderately small, but the reconstructive procedures can be quite expensive. A simple procedure can cost a few hundred dollars.
How does the mouthguard work?
When there is an impact on the mouth, the mouthguard distributes the force of the impact evenly. A mouth guard also provides a barrier to the soft tissue in and around your mouth. Studies have shown that mouth guards helped prevent cuts to lips, gum as well as chipped and broken teeth.
In severe cases, studies claim that Mouthguards can help prevent injuries like concussions. The Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine suggested since 2004 that Mouthguards should be worn during participation in soccer complete dental protection and the possible role in concussion prevention.
How to take care of your Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are an insurance against injuries that can cost much more financially and health wise. Take proper care of your mouthguard follow these steps:
- Wash it using mild soap and a soft toothbrush. Rinse with cold water or a mouthwash before and after each use.
- Store in a ventilated rigid container.
- Keep it away from direct or indirect heat.
Mouthguards become less effective as they wear off. Once the cushion becomes thin or the guard doesn’t fit in place contact your dentist to get a new one.