Thoughts From The Therapist - Mouthguards
If you play a contact sport it would be a good idea to get a mouthguard to wear while you are playing. Mouthguards help prevent any deliberate or accidental injuries to the teeth, cheeks, tongue, mouth and jaw. They are a soft plastic device that sit in the mouth on the top teeth.
Some possible consequences of not wearing a mouthguard include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Possible loss of teeth
- Damage to the roots of teeth
- Fractured jaws
- Lip, cheek and tongue injuries
When a mouthguard isn't worn, a blow to the lower face causes shock waves to be sent through to the skull. A direct impact can result in serious injuries such as a fractured jaw or concussion due to shock wave travelling through the jaw joint (TMJ) into the base of the skull. Hence a mouthguard helps minimise these type of injuries by cushioning blows to the face and absorbing and distributing the forces received from the impact.
Custom fit mouthguards which are made by a dentist are the best option rather than a store bought one, they are more expensive but in the long run they are worth it. The reason for this is custom fit is made for your mouth only and will stay in better while you are playing. It will protect your mouth and teeth more effectively and reduce the risk of injuries. They are also more comfortable and come in a variety of colours!
Be sure to contact us on 31343536 if you need a custom mouthguard made.