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Mouth Guards: Don't Play Sport Without Them!

Mouth guards are usually made of soft plastic or laminate, and are intended to prevent injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw while playing sports. Mouth guards are widely available, and are usually designed to be molded to fit your mouth precisely, giving you the best protection against impact injuries.

Thousands of sporting injuries every year result in oral injuries to the mouth and teeth. It’s common to chip or break teeth, damage existing dental work and injure the roots of teeth, as well as lips and cheeks. Wearing a mouth guard can protect the bones of the jaw as well as the soft tissues of the face and gums.

Basic plastic mouth guards are available widely in sports stores, and these are often easy to mold using boiling water to soften and reshape. However, more substantial or professional mouth guards are also available, and you should ensure that you choose the type of guard that will best suit your needs.

Who Needs to Wear a Mouth Guard?

It’s not just professional athletes who should use mouth guards to protect their mouths and jaws. Children are often required to wear them for contact sports, and this is often a requirement of sports clubs and schools. It’s a good idea to wear one on any occasion when your mouth or face may be at risk of damage, but it’s particularly important when taking part in specific sports.

Which Sports Should You Wear a Mouth Guard For?

  • Rugby. Collisions in rugby can often result in damage to faces and mouths, so it’s vital to protect your teeth and gums with a mouth guard at all times.

  • Hockey. Not only do you need to be wary of collisions with other players in hockey, you also need to be prepared to meet with a hockey stick, which could be extremely dangerous if not wearing protection.

  • Boxing. Boxing is perhaps the most obvious sport for which a mouth guard is essential! With the risk of significant damage to head, face and teeth, you will need a helmet and mouth guard to keep yourself safe.

However, sports such as basketball, football and baseball may also incur the risk of trauma from accidental collisions, and many athletes in these sports choose to wear mouth guards for their own protection and peace of mind.

Talk to Your Cork Family Dentist About Mouth Guards

If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a mouth guard, talk to your friendly family Dentist in Cork. For excellent dental advice and treatment, including a specialist orthodontist who can advise you on the best way to protect your mouth and teeth when playing sport, call Guiney Dental today on 021-481 0535.


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