April 15, 2016
April is National Mouth Protection Month and if you and your kids play any kind of sports, whether recreational, amateur or professional, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can fit you with a custom made mouthguard.
Although mouth protectors are mandatory in some sporting activities, the groups behind National Mouth Protection Month, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons believe that mouthguards should be mandatory in all sports whether group or individual sports. Surfers, people who play racquetball or people who enjoy skateboarding and mountain biking should all wear stock, boil and bite or custom made mouth protectors.
Your dentist explains that one of the most important reasons that you and your kids should wear a mouthguard is that it keeps your teeth safe. Not only does a custom-made mouth protector keep your teeth from breaking or fracturing, but a mouth protector can also help protect your teeth against tooth displacement or a knockout. Mouthguards are essential if you want to protect yourself and your family against soft tissue damage.
There are three types of mouth protectors, stock, boil and bite and custom made.
Stock-Although a stock mouthguard will provide you with some protection stock mouth protectors can be uncomfortable making it difficult to talk and sometimes breathe because you constantly have to bite down on a stock mouth protector.
Boil and Bite-Boil and Bite mouthguards are better than stock as you place them in boiling water to mold to your teeth and gums, however, these types of mouth protectors can also be bulky and uncomfortable.
A custom-made mouthguard is the best defense against a blow to the head as custom-made mouthguards are made from an impression taken of your own teeth and gums. Once made your mouth protector will fit perfectly giving you the protection you need.
Take care of your family’s mouth this spring and schedule an appointment with your dentist for custom-made mouthguards for everyone.
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