With more than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw occurring each year, the dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouth guards in a variety of sports activities.
If you play competitive sports—basketball, soft ball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts—it is especially important to wear a mouth guard.
A mouth guard can prevent serious injuries such as cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. By providing a resilient, protective surface to distribute forces on impact, mouth guards can minimize the severity of an injury to the teeth, jaw and oral soft tissues (mouth, lip, tongue, or inner lining of the cheeks).
While mouth guards can be purchased in stores, custom-made mouth guards are recommended by the American Dental Association as the best solution for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. They offer the best protection, fit and comfort level because they are made from a cast to fit your teeth.
Let us know if you or a family member regularly participate in contact sports. We would be happy to answer your questions and explain the benefits of wearing a properly fitted mouth guard.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.