Sports mouthguards protect Mississauga smiles
Watching our favorite professional ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, football, and basketball players reinforces the importance of wearing a mouthguard. If you are wondering where to find an appropriate mouthguard for your own activities, think about this – who knows your mouth better than your dentist? The team at Huron Dental Centre provides custom-fit sports mouthguards for patients of all ages in the Mississauga area.
How mouthguards work
A mouthguard is placed over the upper arch to minimize risk of injury to teeth, soft tissues, jaws, and dental restorations and appliances. A sports mouthguard may also reduce the severity of a concussion. Your dentist may recommend a lower mouthguard if you have braces on the bottom.
The flexible material shields teeth and lips from external impact (such as an elbow, puck, or ball). It also provides cushioning when jaws slam together suddenly, like a stick under the chin or hitting the ground. Statistics show that an athlete who does not use a mouthguard is 60 times more likely to sustain a dental injury.
Kids aren’t the only ones who should wear mouthguards, and contact sports are not the only activity that calls for this level of protection. A mouthguard should be utilized for any pursuit that could cause a fall or injury to the face or head, including:
- Extreme trail events
- Horseback riding
- Martial arts
Protection made easy
Store-bought varieties can be bulky and uncomfortable and may impede natural breathing – thus impairing athletic performance. Even if worn conscientiously, a generic mouthguard that does not fit well can’t provide good protection, and it is likely to show signs of wear quickly.
At Huron Dental Centre, we suggest a mouthguard made just for you, from impressions of your teeth. The tough material is easy on your mouth and the fit is snug. You can talk and sip water with it in place. Because the unit is so comfortable, you are likely to wear it regularly without a second thought.
Your smile or the grin of your budding athlete child deserves quality protection. Schedule an appointment at our Mississauga office for custom sports mouthguards – 855 393-0900