A mouth guard, sports guard, or a mouth protector are all terms for the same device. It is a dental appliance worn to prevent teeth and mouth injuries. For active people and athletes, mouth guards are an essential piece of sports gear. This is especially true for those who participate in high impact sports or activities that involve falls or flying equipment. For example, playing baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and soccer can all result in facial trauma. For that reason, we encourage our athletic patients to always wear a mouth guard during sports play. Contact Forest Park Dental Arts today to schedule a custom fitting.
Typically, mouth guards cover the upper arch. They are designed to protect your top teeth, lips, and other soft tissues of the mouth. Orthodontic patients or those with other fixed dental work on the bottom jaw may need a second device. Therefore, your Mississauga, ON dentist may prescribe a guard for those teeth as well.
Whether you choose an OTC or custom-made mouthguard, it should be durable, comfortable, and tear-resistant. It must fit correctly and not keep you from breathing or speaking properly.
The three different mouth guards available are:
At Forest Park Dental Arts, we recommend replacing your mouthguard every season. This is because the plastic can wear down with repeated use. As a result, the device will become less effective. Also, since kids and teens are still growing and developing, they will need regular replacements. Call 905-785-6306 to book an appointment today.