Mouthguards are advised for anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury. This includes a wide range of sports such as football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball.
Mouthguards or mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
Accidents can happen during any physical activity. A mouthguard can help cushion a blow to the face that otherwise might result in an injury to the mouth. A misdirected elbow in a one-on-one basketball game or a spill off a bicycle can leave you with chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss. A mouthguard can limit the risk of such injuries as well as protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe. Call Carmel Family Dentistry of Carmel, IN today if you have any questions about mouthguards for you or your child.