An active lifestyle calls for active safety. The need for safety has led to the invention of helmets, goggles and knee pads to protect our bodies; but it is also important to remember to protect your teeth. The need to protect your teeth led to the invention of mouth guards.
A mouth guard or mouth protector is a flexible custom fitted device worn over teeth during athletic and recreational activities to protect them from damage.
In addition to cushioning your teeth from unnecessary force, a mouth guard can prevent injury to the tongue, lips, face and jaw. It can also prevent or lessen the effects of headaches and concussions.Patients who wear dental braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity. Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries. Dental injuries can be painful, disfiguring and expensive to treat. Dental injuries may result in time off work or school to recover, and lengthy and expensive dental treatment.
It is therefore important to discuss the level of activity with your Holistic dentist and find out which type of dental mouth guard best fits your needs.
A protective mouth guard should:
- Not cause gagging
- Be thick enough (4 mm) to provide protection against impact
- Provides a high degree of comfort and fit.
- Is durable and easy to clean.
- Is resilient, tear-resistant, odourless and tasteless.
- Allows speaking and does not limit breathing and swallowing.
- Stays firmly in place during action.