Using Mouth Guards to Protect Your Teeth

Many children and adults are involved in sports and other activities. Because of this, safety is more of a concern than ever. We hear very often about concussions or sprains and pulled muscles. Therefore, we wear helmets to protect us when skateboarding or bicycling. Presently, one of the most important pieces of equipment for protection are the use of mouth guards.

Mouth guards protect our teeth and other areas in the mouth. Most kids who play football or soccer wear mouth guards. Many baseball and softball teams embrace their use as well. After all, a bright smile is not only attractive, but vital for one’s oral health. Keeping teeth protected is serious business.

There are a couple different types of guards. Stock mouth protectors are premade and are ready to wear right away. The great thing is they are not expensive and easy to find. Unfortunately, their fit cannot be adjusted, and they are rather large and bulky. Most dentists do not recommend their use.

Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and are usually made in a dental office.  Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded in your specific shape. Due to the use of the special material and the time involved, it is more expensive. However, it provides the most comfort and best protection.

Why Use a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports?

Accidents can occur during any activity. When playing sports, mouth guards can prevent mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help avoid chipped or broken teeth, and decrease the chance of tooth loss.

For any questions regarding using mouth guards or any other dental concerns, please contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik at 847-724-1771 or visit his website at scottmalikdds.com. Dr. Malik and his professional staff have been serving the Glenview area and keeping mouths healthy for many years.