Take the knocks but prevent the niggles with Charleston Dentist Dental Mouth Guards
Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team at Mouth Carolina Dentistry join the American Dental Association in reminding you that April is National Facial Protection Month. As official dentist for the Charleston Battery professional soccer team, Dr. Greenberg knows a thing or two about dental sports injuries and how to prevent them.
In the 1800’s boxers fashioned the first mouth guards from tape, gauze, cotton, and wood. These crude devices provided some oral protection, and allowed the athlete to focus on his sport while clenching his jaw. Thankfully, facial protection has come a long way for soccer players and those who participate in any activity with risk of dental injury.
Your least expensive option is a stock mouth guard from the drug store. These flexible plastic devices cover your upper arch and cushion teeth from contact with an elbow, the ground, or sports equipment. Their bulky, one-size-fits-most design, though, can impede breathing and speaking.
Mouth-adapted or “boil and bite” guards are a good alternative. These may be purchased from a sporting goods store – some even come in flavors and team colors! You simply soften the guard in warm water then insert and bite down to allow it to assume the shape of your mouth. They provide a more customized fit for improved sports performance and protection.
But for the most secure, most comfortable fit, talk with Mouth Carolina Dentistry. Your Charleston dentist can craft dental mouth guards just for you, from dental impressions. A custom-fit mouth guard is especially important for patients who wear braces on top or bottom teeth. Well-fitting mouth protection quickly becomes second nature for tooth-risky activities.
One fall, one play, one errant hit can change your smile forever. A single tooth or several may be chipped, fractured, broken, or knocked out. You could sustain damage to your jaw or soft tissues (lips, tongue, and cheeks). Even a seemingly minor blow can result in trauma to the nerve of a tooth, requiring future root canal therapy.
Get your game on, but don’t take chances with your smile – wear a mouth guard.Back to Dental Library Page