It’s that time of year. Hockey season is in full swing. However, if you find yourself or your child on the ice as opposed to watching from the stands or on your sofa, there’s one thing you can be sure of – this contact sport requires some serious protective precautions. But over the bulkier more noticeable equipment like helmets, shoulder pads, shin pads – or, depending on your gender, perhaps the harder-to-forget gear like a jock strap – a mouth guard may be overlooked.
Without proper protection you run the risk of damaging your gums, arches, or potentially breaking, chipping, or even losing a tooth or two! Having just missed Saint Nick’s annual trip, it will be harder to ask someone to replace those two front teeth. So to avoid having an unwanted lisp, a mouthguard is the way to go.
Mouthguards come in three varieties: your most basic stock mouth guards can be purchased over the counter at any sporting goods store as can the “boil and bite” model. However while “boil and bite” mouthguards can at least be slightly customized to your unique set of teeth, there is still a limit in the malleability of the material. The third option is to go to your local dentist in Ottawa for a custom-fitted mouth guard. A custom fit mouth guard from a dental specialist has the benefit of added comfort, enhanced protection, less obstruction to your breathing, and the most natural fit so that it does not interfere with your speech. Custom-made mouthguards from your Ottawa dentist can also better accommodate considerations such as cavities, baby teeth, missing teeth, braces or other ongoing orthodontic treatments.
Of course, the use of mouthguards is not solely limited to hockey. Any contact sport including football, wrestling, roller derby or rugby usually necessitates a mouthguard within their code of conduct. However, even in seemingly safer sports, it never hurts to be safe!
If it is hockey you’re playing right here in the nation’s capital, we salute your patriotic dedication to the true Canadian sport. Whether it’s pickup hockey in the backyard, or major league hockey in a stadium, just remember that taking the time and splurging on that extra protection to get a professional mouthguard molded perfectly to your bite from a dentist in Ottawa could keep money in your pocket from expensive dental care a hockey injury could lead to. See you on the ice!More