When it comes to your smile, prevention is not just limited to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits (although those are important). Protecting your teeth and your children’s teeth from injury is an important part of dental prevention. When it comes to some sports, the risk of impact to the face and mouth may seem more apparent. While football and wrestling are more high impact, spring sports like baseball and softball can put a smile at risk, too. If no protective gear is worn to protect the smile, the likelihood of an accident affecting the teeth becomes a higher risk. Yes, generic, one-size-fits-all mouth guards that can be purchased at local sporting goods stores can provide protection. However, a custom-designed mouth guard can provide more protection than an ill-fitting generic one.
A generic mouth guard is designed to fit any mouth, which means that it can provide protection, it will not have the snug fit of a custom design. Some store-bought mouth guards can be made of uncomfortable materials. An uncomfortable mouth guard can mean that your kid may choose not to wear it as often as they should. Being distracted by an ill-fitting or uncomfortable mouth guard can lead to distraction. A mouth guard custom-designed and created by your dentist is made to perfectly fit your child’s teeth and mouth. The materials used to craft a custom-fit guard are designed to feel comfortable as possible.
According to the American Dental Association, the majority of parents admit to not requiring that their child wear a mouth guard. A study showed that athletes who choose not to wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to face a dental injury than an athlete that wears one. Not only do mouth guards protect the teeth, but they protect the jaw and gums, too. It can also decrease the risk of concussions and head injuries as the mouth guard can absorb the brunt of the impact.
Ask Dr. Carmona about creating a custom, comfortable mouth guard. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.