Involvement in sports is a wonderful physical activity, whether you are a child or an adult. While sports are great fun, there are many types, including football, soccer, lacrosse, and martial arts, that can pose a risk for serious injuries. These injuries can also include facial injuries that can affect your teeth and your jaw. Wearing the appropriate protective gear is essential for injury prevention. To protect your mouth, a sports guard is crucial. The Elmwood Dental Group LLC can help with a professionally made sports guard.
What is a Sports Guard?
A sports guard, frequently called a mouth guard, is a protective device that is worn in your mouth. It is designed to protect your teeth as well as your intraoral tissues, and your jaw. It can protect some different situations, including:
Different Types of Sports Guards
There are a few different types of sports guards available.
Caring for Your Sports Guard
Sports guards require proper care for them to provide optimal protection. Rinse them under water before and after each use. They should be periodically cleaned with soap and water. You can also use your toothbrush and toothpaste.
When you are not using your sports guard, it should be stored in a protective case. The case should have ventilation holes for airflow to prevent bacterial growth. It should also be stored in a safe location, away from small children and curious pets. Do not store your mouth guard in a car or leave it exposed to heat or sunlight for long periods of time. Heat and sun can decrease its effectiveness.
Periodically inspect your sports guard for signs of damage. At the first sign of damage, no matter how minor, the sports guard should be replaced.
The Benefits of a Sports Guard
Sports guards provide several significant benefits, including:
;Tooth protection. Your teeth are protected from cracks and chips. They are also protected from becoming dislodged or knocked out.
;Soft tissue protection. Your intraoral tissues are protected from lacerations, which can damage blood vessels, nerves, and salivary glands and ducts.
;Protection against jaw fracture.
;Prevention of concussions.]]] ]]]
With a properly fitting sports guard, your mouth can be protected from serious injuries while you participate in the sporting activities you love most. For more information, and for your custom created sports guard, call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC at (860) 331-8748 today.