Remember to add a mouth guard for each child to your list of school supplies. Protecting your child’s head, jaw and teeth, even for seemingly non-contact sports, is very important.
Mouth guards not only protect the teeth. They 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.
Sports Canada reports that overall, 69 percent of Canadian youth participate in organized sport. In any sport, whether it’s full-contact hockey or a friendly game of racquetball, a little preparation can prevent costly and sometimes painful mistakes later on! Dr. Jaleel at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic in Ottawa, Ontario is your go-to dentist to get custom-made sports mouth guards.
Who should wear a mouth guard?
Anyone playing contact sports or engaging in aggressive activities should wear a mouth guard.
Any sport with a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces requires mouth protection. Players who participate in basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, squash, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating and martial arts, or even recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling, should wear mouth guards when practicing or competing.
Many athletes resist wearing a mouth guard because of bulkiness and poor fit. Dr. Jaleel is here to help you and your kids obtain a set of custom-made mouth guards are the most comfortable, non-bulky and form-fitting.
What are the factors that affect the fit of a mouth guard?
When you come visit Dr. Jaleel, she will consider a number of factors when fitting a patient for a mouth guard — size of mouth, bite, type of sport played and whether or not you wears braces or other appliances are all important considerations. Each patient’s very specific needs must be addressed for maximum comfort and protection.
Types of mouth guards
Dr. Jaleel and the rest of the team are here to answer any questions you may have about custom-made mouth guards. We will go over it briefly on the blog. We recommend you get in touch with us to get further details. You can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. First, we takes an impression of the patient’s mouth and the mouth guard is fabricated from a cast model of the patient’s teeth. This method provides the best fit, protection and comfort. The custom-made mouth guard is most durable, can be modified for specific sports and patient-need and does not interfere with speech or breathing. There are two other types of mouth guards but are not as precise or as comfortable as a custom-made mouth guard.
Boil and bite or mouth-formed:
This type of mouth guard requires heating in warm water and then the user bites into the warm plastic. Because it is not vacuum-fitted onto a model of the patient’s teeth, the fit is not as precise. The heating process will also reduce the longevity of the mouth guard.
Stock or ready-made:
Made of rubber or polyvinyl, the ready-made mouth guard is a generic fit with limited comfort, protection and durability. It is often bulky and loose-fitting and may interfere with breathing and speech. Dr. Jaleel does not recommend your child using a ready-made mouth guard.
Care for your mouth guard so it cares for you!
Caring for your mouth guard will help it take care of your teeth longer. Take a few moments to:
- Rinse your mouth guard under cold water after each use and air-dry. Occasionally clean it with mild soap and water or mouthwash.
- Store your mouth guard in a plastic container when not in use to avoid damage due to excessive heat and cold.
- Wear your mouth guard properly. Do not cut or alter it and do not chew on it.
- Check your mouth guard regularly and let your dentist know if it shows any signs of wear, or has any tears or cracks that may weaken it. If the bite has changed and the mouth guard no longer fits well, it can sometimes be adjusted by Dr. Jaleel.
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