|Reasons to Make Sure to Wear a Mouth Guard
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Dr McMurray
|If you find your mouth, including your teeth, jaw, gums, and tongue to be pretty important, and you play sports, that is reason enough to wear a mouth guard. A mouth guard could potentially save you a lot of pain, doctors' visits, and money. It is a pretty simple way to protect a delicate area of your body.
What Is a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards are usually made of plastic and come in a few different varieties. An over the counter mouth guard is inexpensive and can often be used right out of the package. For a more formed fit, you can also purchase a pliable plastic mouth guard over the counter, which can be softened with heat, to create a better fit over your teeth. Always follow the manufacturer's directions. For the best fit for your unique mouth and bite, a dentist can create a mouth guard for you, by taking a mold of your mouth. This method ensures a secure fit, which is important for protecting your mouth while playing sports.
Is A Mouth Guard Necessary For All Sports?
Although not every sport is considered a contact sport, most sports put your mouth at risk. A flying elbow, a face plant on the basketball court, or a hard ball in the face, and your teeth will thank you for wearing your mouth guard. Not only can teeth get chipped, cracked, or worse yet, knocked out… but your tongue and cheek can be damaged by your teeth when an accident happens while playing. A mouth guard can help in preventing all of those injuries. At our office, we suggest you play it safe and wear a mouth guard for most sports activities. We can create a mouth guard fitted just for you, so you don't have to worry. It is better to play it safe, and avoid painful, costly injuries. If you would like more information on mouth guards and their benefits, contact our office today.