When you play sports, the mouth is one of the most common areas where you can incur injuries. It is advisable that you use some form of the protective appliance to safeguard your mouth from potentially significant injuries.
Customized mouthguards are one of the many dental services Dr. A. P. Singh provides at All Smile Dental in California. Dr. Singh recommends this efficient protective gear to significantly reduce the rate of occurrence and severity of dental injuries while playing sports.
What Is a Mouth Guard?
A mouth guard is an oral appliance designed to cover your teeth and protect them from injuries when playing sports. Physically demanding sports like soccer, boxing, wrestling, and basketball can all potentially cause severe dental injuries.
Athletes taking part in contact sports should always wear mouth guards.
Customized mouth guards are manufactured based on an impression of your teeth (a dental mold) and are designed to rest comfortably over your upper and lower teeth.
How Can Mouth Guards Help?
Mouth guards can help minimize the risk of dental injuries by:
- Moderating blows to the face
- Reducing the possibility of chipping, breaking, or knocking out your teeth
- Lessening injuries to lips, tongue, and jaw
- Shielding the soft tissues of the cheek lining
Types of Mouth Guards
Stock Mouth Guards
These ready-made mouthguards are the most economical option. However, as they are prefabricated, stock mouth guards are often ill-fitting, making the user feel less comfortable.
Some athletes may find it difficult to speak or breathe while wearing this kind of appliance. Stock mouth guards also provide less protection because of their uncomfortable fit.
Boil-and-Bite Mouth Guards
These moldable mouthguards are readily available at most sporting goods stores. They are softened in boiling water and then altered to fit the shape of a person's teeth by biting down. These mouth guards ensure better protection than stock mouth guards.
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
This kind of appliance can be custom-made specifically for you or your child's mouth. They are designed and fabricated using innovative techniques and provide more protection and comfort than other mouthguards due to their customized fit.
If you are looking for a mouth guard for your child, these appliances are ideal since they come in various different colors.
To learn more about mouth guards, contact All Smile Dental in Turlock and Modesto, California. Visit us at 1647 Countryside Dr, Turlock, CA 95380 or 1100 Carver Rd. #5, Modesto, CA 95350, or call us at (209) 409-8839 or (209) 668-3736.