Protect Your Smile with Mouth Guards

Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 8:11 pm

With football season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure that you’re properly protected against any sports-related dental Injuries. Mouth guards go a long way toward protecting your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue from getting hurt while you’re playing on the field or court.

While mouth guards are most often associated with football, they’re also recommended to be worn during many other sports. The American Dental Association and the International Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend that mouth guards be worn by those who play soccer, basketball, hockey, racquetball, rugby, volleyball, lacrosse, baseball and field hockey.

Track and field, water polo, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, martial arts, roller derby, boxing, weight lifting, inline skating, gymnastics and wrestling are other physical activities during which a mouth guard is recommended to be worn.

Mouth guards are especially necessary for those with braces, since dental injuries involving braces or retainers are often more damaging to the mouth’s soft tissue due to the wires and brackets stabbing or cutting into the skin. Getting a custom-fitted mouth guard will ensure that all of the dangerous areas of the braces are fully covered.

There are many different types and styles of mouth guards out there, with some varieties specially-designed specifically for your sport. There are over-the-counter mouth guard models that you have to soften up by boiling and then bite into to make them fit your teeth, but these can be bulky, messy and uncomfortable.

A more popular option is a custom-made mouth guard that is made to fit each individual athlete. These custom-fit models available from your dentist offer a better fit, which makes the athlete feel more comfortable and protected while wearing the appliance. Consult with your dentist to determine which type of mouth guard is best for you or your children.

Custom Mouth Guards in Toccoa

For more information about mouth guards, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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