Protect Your Teeth This Summer with Athletic Mouth Guards

Summer is here and for many it’s playtime, including soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, BMX bicycling, and skateboarding meaning there’s an increased risk for injury, including your mouth and teeth (same for winter sports - hockey, skiing, and snowboarding).

Sports Canada reports that overall, 69 percent of Canadian youth participate in organized sport.

Research shows that orofacial injury in sports is prevalent but preventable. The estimated cost to treat a lost front tooth over a lifetime can range from $5,000-$10,000. The average cost of a custom fitted sports mouthguard can be as low as $100 or less. Preventing dental injuries is as important to good oral health as regular visits to your dentist and personal dental care such as brushing and flossing.

The Canadian Dental Hygienist Association and the Canadian Dental Association both recommend wearing a custom fitted sports mouthguard and wearing it at all games and practices or recreational activities to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek, and tongue. Mouthguards may also prevent serious injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw and teeth are forced up against the upper teeth and jaw.

Parkland Mall Dental Centre dentist can explain the difference in cost and comfort, and how well athletic mouth guards can protect you or your child:

  • Stock mouthguards are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear; however, they may not fit very well.
  • Boil and bite mouthguards are available at many sporting goods stores; once again, they usually don’t fit very well.
  • Custom-fitted mouthguards are made especially for you by your dentist. The custom-made mouthguard is durable, can be modified for specific sports and patient-need, and does not interfere with speech or breathing.

A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.

While they won’t last forever in your growing child’s mouth, here are some tips for caring for a mouthguard:

  • Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents and never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water.
  • Occasionally clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water, and rinse thoroughly, checking for wear and tear to see if it needs replacing.

Athletic Mouth Guards in Red Deer

Parkland Mall Dental Centre can make it quick and easy to get your new athletic mouth guard in Red Deer. Once the impressions of your top and bottom teeth are completed, all you have to do is wait for your mouth guard to be ready for pick up. We offer a comprehensive range of dental services and accept new patients in Red Deer, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Delburne, and surrounding areas of Alberta. Give us a call at 403-342-1118 and we’ll schedule you with one of our dentists for the earliest appointment possible.