According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, each year there are 15 millions dental injuries, and 5 millions traumatically lost teeth. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are the specialists who are called in to treat broken jaws and loosened teeth, and to replace teeth that have been knocked out.
Mouth protectors help prevent injury to the mouth, teeth, lips, cheek and tongue.
New synthetic materials and advances in engineering design have resulted in sturdy, lightweight protectors. Keep the following points in mind when being fitted for a mouth guard:
-Mouth guards should cover the upper and/or lower teeth and gums
-They should be fitted so that the jaw is aligned and the bite is aligned
-They should be light and comfortable to wear.
-They should be easy to clean.
There are three basic types of mouth guards:
Stock mouth guards are inexpensive and ready to wear. However, because they are mass produced in a form, they may not fit well, may feel bulky, and can make breathing and talking difficult.
Boil and Bite mouth guards may offer a better fit, as they are softened in hot water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. If directions are not followed carefully, they may end up fitting poorly.
Custom-fitted mouth guards are made for you personally by a dentist or oral surgeon. Although more expensive, they are far superior to what you can buy on the shelf, because they are customized for a perfect fit with optimal comfort.
Call our office if you have any questions about dental mouth guards.