Why would I need a mouth guard?
Mouthguards protect your teeth from physical damage and are essential in situations where you may incur physical contact, like athletics. If you or your children play any contact sports, investing in a mouthguard should come before the first practice. When you have a mouthguard in, your teeth are protected from structural damage and other emergencies that may occur as a result of contact. Structural damage can affect both your teeth and jaw, as well as to the surrounding soft tissue of your mouth like your teeth and tongue. A mouthguard will cushion any blow that may occur, protecting the entire mouth. Studies also show that the use of a mouthguard can lessen the risk of concussion in contact sports.
Does my child need a mouth guard?
A good rule of thumb is if your child plays any sport or has any hobby where contact could happen, a mouthguard is necessary. This includes soccer, football, hockey, wrestling, boxing, karate, lacrosse, basketball, baseball/softball...the list goes on! If there is a possibility of contact with the head or face, it would be safest to use a mouthguard.
Don’t they sell mouthguards at sporting goods stores?
Yes, mouthguards are sold at many sporting goods stores, though these are generic in shape, which tends to cause discomfort. Your dentist can create a custom mouthguard that will fit you perfectly and will protect your teeth and mouth better than a generic mouthguard. A better fit means more protection and comfort. Most custom-made mouthguards are also thinner than the store bought kind, which makes for easier breathing and speaking while using the mouthguard. Having a well-fit mouthguard is both about comfort and protection.
If you or your child will be playing a contact sport or will be put into a situation where contact may occur, you’ll need a mouthguard. Our dentist will ask questions about your specific needs and will help create a mouthguard tailored to you. If you have any questions, call Haid Dental today in Dublin at 614-889-7661 or in Worthington at 614-885-2610.