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Mouth guards

Keeping active is an important part of ensuring your overall good health. Whether you enjoy spending time playing football with friends, enjoy running, martial arts or you take part in team sports, it’s a good idea to consider what happens if you happen to sustain an injury to your mouth.

  • Gum shields are designed to offer protection for teeth that may sustain a direct blow. They are also able to provide protection for your gums, lips and cheeks if you fall or are injured.
  • Mouth guards are often recommended for patients who struggling with grinding their teeth at night, and for those who wear fixed orthodontic appliances.

Mouth guard

What is a mouth guard?

Protecting your teeth and mouth can help to prevent a number of serious injuries. A sports mouth guard is a flexible appliance that is worn over the teeth when engaging in activities that could lead to injuries to the mouth and face. Sports mouth guards are essential for athletes who wear traditional braces. Not only will a blow to the mouth potentially lead to injuries on the inside of the mouth, but it could damage expensive braces.

Tooth Grinding?

A teeth grinding guard is another option in mouth guards. This type of custom-fit mouth guard is worn while the patient sleeps, and offers all-night protection to teeth that may otherwise start to show excessive damage from the grinding.

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    What can a mouth guard protect against?

    Active and athletic people are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries while engaging in sports and active lifestyle recreational activities. While a blow to the face may not be extensive enough to leave bruises or other externally visible marks, even a moderate impact can lead to serious oral injuries. These could include cracked or broken teeth, jaw fractures and serious gum, cheek and lip injuries.

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    Keep in mind that cracked, chipped and fractured teeth could result in rapidly advancing decay. Even in cases where there is little to no pain felt, decay could be setting in. This could ultimately lead to the loss of the tooth.

    When worn correctly, a sports mouth guard can help to offer protection during those painful impacts where the lower jaw is forcefully driven into the upper jaw. Teeth will be protected from much more serious damage. The lips and cheeks will be protected from serious lacerations that may otherwise require stitches and medical care.
    Those who wear metal or ceramic braces that are affixed to the teeth are at a higher risk for soft tissue damage after an injury or fall. A mouth guard can protect the braces and protect the whole mouth.
    The other benefit of using a mouth guard is to protect teeth at night. Many people grind their teeth at night, without even being aware that they are doing it. The damage to the teeth could be gradual enough that it’s not noticed until a visit to the dentist for a routine checkup. Grinding can lead to wear and tear on teeth, along with cracks and other damage that make teeth more vulnerable to decay.

      What types of mouth guards are there?

      Patients who are good candidates for being fitted with a guard will learn that there are two mouth guard options.

      Mouth guard kits are one of the options. They can be purchased over-the-counter. The way that these work is by making an impression of the teeth, at home. The impression material that is used will set after a few hours, and can then be used to protect the teeth when engaging in those activities that could result in injuries. While these are not necessarily bad products to consider, many who use them complain that they don’t get a comfortable fit and adequate protection.
      The second option is a mouth guard that has been made professionally. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth during a visit to the clinic. That impression will be sent to a laboratory that specialises in making mouth guards. Once it has been made, you’ll be able to wear your mouth guard when you need it.

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      What is the procedure for getting a mouth guard?

      The first step is to book a consultation with your dentist. During this consultation you can have an honest conversation about the sports and other recreational activities you take part in, and discuss how they may be posing a risk to the health of your teeth and overall mouth.

      It can be tempting to get an at-home kit and create your own gum shield. However, if you are looking to benefit from the full protection offered by a mouth guard, you’ll find that your dentist has the tools and skills needed to ensure that your mouth guard offers the right fit and right protection levels.

      It’s particularly important if you wear a fixed orthodontic appliance. Braces are expensive. Protecting them from damage during a fall or direct blow to the face is important.

      Whether you are in need of a mouth night to wear during the night or to protect your teeth when you’re out being active, you’ll find that your Fingerpost Dental professionals can meet your needs.

      What are the advantages to mouth guards?

      Mouth guards offer protection to your teeth, your jaw, and also to the soft tissue areas in your mouth. If you engage in activities where there is the risk for a fall or injury to the face, then you would benefit from a custom-fit mouth guard.
      A mouth guard that has been made just for you will feel comfortable when it’s in place and will ensure you get the best in protection for your whole mouth.

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      Do you wear braces? Are you looking to protect your teeth and mouth from injury? Learn more about the benefits of gum guards. Book a consultation online or call our clinic at 021 489 4400 to learn more.

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