If your child participates in organized sports, contact or not, it’s likely that an oral guard is part of the required equipment worn during the activity. All sports guards are not created equal, and your athlete will be able to tell a significant difference in comfort, breathing, and security of the appliance.
A custom mouth guard will most importantly reduce the risk of concussions and dental fractures. That’s because the guard hugs the teeth securely and won’t simply pop off should initial trauma occur. Over the counter guards do not provide a truly secure fit, so they may come out during the initial blow, and not protect against subsequent trauma to the face.
Breathing, drinking water, and talking are all important for your athlete when they’re involved in training or a competition. Most athletes will take out a stock guard because it’s impossible to talk with, or isn’t comfortable when they’re trying to perform an activity. Thankfully, custom guards are smooth, fitted to the teeth, and allow for normal things like drinking water or talking while they’re being worn.
As your child’s mouth continues to grow and other teeth erupt, it’s important to have newer guards made to fit their mouth. Otherwise it won’t fit properly or may interfere with tooth positioning. Making a new guard each year, or that has areas blocked out to allow for tooth eruption is important.
Your custom guard can typically be made within about 2 weeks, and can be designed with logos, colors, or names to make them fun to wear and easy to identify. In fact, your entire team could have matching guards made if they wanted to! Keeping the appliance fun will better encourage your athlete to wear it.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
Different types of oral piercings have been gaining popularity and are common to see on more and more people each day. Typically younger people tend to have these done, either in the tongue or on the lower lip. Most aren’t aware of specific concerns or dental complications that have the possibility of arising due to their new accessory. Apart from the initial discomfort or anxiety of having the procedure done, there are other factors that should be considered if you have, or are considering, an oral piercing.
Most lip piercings tend to be at a level where the backside of the stud comes into contact with the gums, or near the gumline of the closest tooth. In the beginning this may be completely harmless, but over a short period of time the frictional irritation in the area can actually cause the gums of the tooth to recede. Gum recession causes exposure of the root of the tooth, which results in sensitivity, poor appearance, and risk of severe damage that can cause tooth loss. This same anomaly is seen in dental patients that hold chew tobacco inside of their lower lip. Fortunately for tobacco users, the dip can be moved around to minimize the damage, but oral piercings cannot.
The biggest concern of tongue piercings is the increased risk of tooth fractures. Highly accidental, the person often finds that they have bit down directly on the stud when chewing or biting their food, causing a large portion of their tooth to break off. Because the tongue is an extremely large muscle with a vast blood supply, there is also the risk of nerve damage, infection and swelling. Keep the piercing site clean and free of debris. Wearing an athletic mouth guard during sports or activities can help prevent the risk of broken teeth.
Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
Mouth guards can help protect you or your child athlete’s teeth during sporting activities. Not only do guards protect teeth from fracturing or other trauma, they may also prevent concussions as well as facial lacerations related to the teeth.
The use of guards is becoming a requirement in many organized sports for athletes to participate. The American Dental Association suggests that oral mouth guards be worn during all contact sports. It does not take contact with another person to cause a tooth related injury. Some sports that are not contact related may also be appropriate to wear guards, such as biking, skateboarding, snowboarding and gymnastics. Even if the guard is not required, wearing one can greatly protect an athlete from injury related to an accident. The guard should be worn at all times including warm-ups and practice sessions. The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry estimated that nearly 90% of sports injuries that are related to the head also affect the top front teeth.
Not all mouth guards are created equal. Many over the counter guards are available for generic use during sports, but because they fit poorly many athletes tend to take them out during their activities. If an injury does occur, the guard can come out and will not prevent a follow up traumatic event in the same episode. Custom-made mouth guards at your dentist will fit snugly against each individual tooth and stay in place should an injury occur. In some cases, professionally made mouth guards can absorb up to 400% more energy than generic guards. This plays a key role in the prevention of concussions. Growing children will need to have their guards changed out periodically as new teeth begin to develop and erupt into the mouth.
Posted on the behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
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