It won’t be very long before warmer weather brings outdoor sports and mid-week practices into your family’s busy schedule. Whether you have a child that plays baseball and football or one that’s a gymnast, there’s something you should know. Dental emergencies are one of the biggest types of sport related injuries. Namely, broken teeth.
How it Works
Our Oklahoma City dentist will take a mold of your teeth and then design a guard that fits right over them. The guard will extend over the gums as well, preventing problems like:
- Lip and gum lacerations
- Broken teeth
- Avulsed (“knocked out”) teeth
Why Custom is Better Than Store Bought
Over-the-counter mouthguards are a one-size-fits-most design. They fit loosely over the teeth, causing the guard to frequently slip out of place or feel too bulky to wear at all. It can easily get knocked out, failing to protect your child’s smile from a secondary injury.
A custom guard will “fit like a glove.” Its snug design makes it easier to stay hydrated and communicate with your teammates without removing it every five minutes.
Athletic Guards Can Reduce Concussion Risks
Believe it or not, the design of many custom athletic guards can even protect your child from the risk of a concussion. It has to do with trauma to the jaw and how the bones hit against one another. Wearing a protective mouthpiece could prevent the concussion altogether in some situations.
Investing in a custom mouthguard is one of the most important pieces of protective equipment that your child athlete will ever wear. Call our Oklahoma City dental team to get yours today. Royal Oak Family Dentistry welcomes patients of all ages!
Posted on behalf of Royal Oak Family Dental