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Safeguarding Smiles: The Importance of Mouth Guards and Dental Health in Contact Sports

Dental health is an integral part of our overall well-being. But when it comes to contact sports, especially for children, the risk of dental injuries significantly increases. That's where mouth guards come into play. These small but essential devices offer a protective barrier that can prevent a wide range of dental injuries.

What is a Mouth Guard?

A mouth guard, often referred to as a sports guard, is a protective device worn over teeth. It cushions a blow to the face and minimizes the risk of broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to your mouth. “They typically cover the upper teeth and are crucial for anyone participating in contact sports like football, boxing, hockey, basketball, and even non-contact sports such as gymnastics,” shared Dr. Ken Uy-Tan.

The Role of Mouth Guards in Dental Health

The American Dental Association reports that athletes who don't wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. These startling statistics underscore the importance of mouth guards in preserving dental health.

Dr. Ken explained that the mouth guards not only protect against tooth fractures or dislocation but also shield the soft tissues of the tongue, lips, and cheek lining. They reduce the chances of concussion and decrease the severity of injuries to the jaw.

Special Considerations for Children

Children, with their developing motor skills and growing bodies, are particularly susceptible to sports-related injuries. As a parent, ensuring your child wears a mouthguard while playing contact sports can save them from painful injuries and costly dental procedures.

Moreover, custom-fitted mouth guards can accommodate the changing dentition in children, providing optimal protection without hindering their ability to breathe or communicate during the game.

Getting the Right Fit from Your Dentist

While there are various types of mouth guards available, including stock and boil-and-bite options, nothing compares to a custom-fitted mouth guard provided by your dentist.

Here's why:

  1. Comfort: Custom-fitted mouth guards are more comfortable as they are designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth.

  2. Protection: They offer superior protection as they cover all the teeth and wouldn't dislodge during impact.

  3. Durability: Made with high-quality material, these mouth guards are more durable and longer-lasting.

To create a custom mouth guard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then mold the mouth guard material over it. This ensures a perfect fit that offers maximum protection and comfort.

Remember, mouth guards are an essential piece of protective equipment for anyone involved in contact sports, especially children. By investing in a custom-fitted mouth guard from your dentist, you're not only safeguarding a smile but also promoting a lifetime of good dental health. Call N. Tan Dental Office now and set an appointment with one of our dentists at 09179447705 for mouth guard fitting. You can also visit us at 305 Pos Building, Scout Madrinan Cor. Tomas Morato Brgy. South Triangle,Quezon City, Philippines 1103.


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