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The Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports Safety
October 13th, 2015 by Dr. Watson

It’s no secret that residents of Jackson love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Watson wants you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile.

It’s About More than Mouth Guards

We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards are the key to staying safe on the field, right? Yes, they are a big part of it, but it takes more than just a mouth guard to keep your kids from getting a chipped tooth while scoring a touchdown. Sports safety for oral health means getting the right mouth guard and wearing it the right way. After all, the best defense is a good offense!

Do I Need a Mouth Guard?

If you or a member of your family is considering a mouth protector to defend against injuries to the mouth and face, there are a few things you should know about your options. At Jackson Center for Smiles, we are always happy to help the people of Jackson, so please give us a call if you’d like to discuss your options with one of our friendly professionals. In the meantime, here are a couple of facts about mouth guards:

Choosing and Using the Right Mouth Guard

There are three different kinds of mouth protectors available – stock, boil and bite, and custom-fit. Stock mouth guards are the least expensive and the easiest to find, but they offer no customization, and can cause irritation and even fall out during sports activities. Boil and bite mouth protectors are made of a special plastic that becomes malleable when boiled, and can then be fitted. Dr. Watson and the American Dental Association recommend custom-fit mouth guards because they are the highest quality option with the best protection and comfort. At Jackson Center for Smiles, using a special impression of your teeth, we will create a perfectly fitted, custom mouth protector. This is the most expensive option, but it is the only one that offers comprehensive oral safety during sports.

How are Mouth Guards Used?

First thing’s first, make sure to wear it during all sports activities, including practice, scrimmages, and games. After each use, clean the mouth guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. It should also be cleaned occasionally with soap and water. Store the mouth guard in a ventilated container, and never leave it in direct sunlight.

Sports Safety Across the Board

How else can you keep your mouth safe? The most important thing is to know which activities pose a risk, and be prepared with a mouth guard, helmet, and whatever protections are necessary. Dr. Watson wants all Jackson residents to enjoy the game without fearing for their teeth, so give us a call at Jackson Center for Smiles today with any questions!

Sources

http://www.aapd.org/

http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/position-statement-and-recommendations-for-mouthguard-use-in-sports

http://blog.brighter.com/2013/score-big-with-dental-safety-and-sports/#_ftn1