Sports-related injuries are one of the most common causes of dental and orofacial damage in children and adults. The effects of an injury can be temporary, or may last a lifetime. Mouthguards are designed to absorb energy during an impact, thus decreasing the likelihood of trauma to the oral cavity and brain (ADHA). A mouthguard is a cost effective way to protect teeth and promote future dental health.
The appointment to acquire a mouthguard is a two-step process. The first step is to make an impression of your mouth in order to create a guard to fit your teeth. Custom guards offer better protection and are more effective than stock or bite and boil guards because they are customized to fit your mouth. The second step is delivery of the mouthguard to ensure a proper and comfortable fit.
Ask your hygienist about a mouthguard at your next appointment. It is a worthy investment in preserving your teeth for the future.