Protect your teeth! Sports injuries to the face are common and affect adults as well as children. At Ellen Stirling Dental we are fully equipped and trained to care for dental emergencies such as knocked out teeth, broken teeth as well as torn lips and gums – BUT – we would really prefer if you didn’t need that stressful experience!
Some activities that have contributed to dental injuries for our clients include: Basketball, Football, Cricket, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking, Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do. Of course, these are not the only activities that are at risk for dental injuries!!!
A well-fitted mouthguard is essential when doing contact sports because the material is formed to perfect fit in the mouth – that means that the teeth and gums are completely covered so that in the event of an impact, the force is spread over as much area as possible to minimise the chances of injury.
In addition to this, a fully custom made mouthguard has such a good fit that it fits perfectly snug, and actually has some ‘suction’ that makes it harder to remove – this means you don’t need to constantly be thinking about how to use your lips and tongue to keep the mouthguard in place.
Off-the-shelf mouthguards such as those bought in pharmacies are certainly cheaper, but they do not cover enough of the teeth or gums, nor do they fit well enough to produce the ‘suction’ effect – this means you get worse protection, as well as worse sporting performance because the loose mouthguard is a distraction from what you should be focusing on – your sport.
Do the right thing – use a custom made mouthguard for your sporting needs. We can also make mouthguards thicker if you have a particularly high risk application such as boxing. Come chat with us today about your options!