Did you know only 36% of children aged 5-17 wear a mouth-guard during games?
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injuries, but are easily prevented and minimised by a custom made mouth-guard. Wearing a custom-fitted mouth-guard can help to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in injuries such a knocked out teeth and broken jaws.
A custom fitted mouth-guard should be worn when playing or training for any sport where there is possibility of contact to the face, such as hockey, netball, Football and basketball.
Reasons you should wear a mouth-guard:
- Cushions teeth against impact.
- Protects against jaw joint injuries.
- Protects against soft tissue injuries.
- Helps prevent neck and jaw injuries.
- May help reduce concussion.
Whilst generic, shop bought mouth-guards offer some protection; they do not provide the custom-fit that a dentally made mouth-guard offers. The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouth-guard not to mention the pain, time off and lengthy treatment that can result from injuries.
A Mouth-guard is easily and quickly made, and only requires a short appointment for impression taking. Mouth-guards should then be checked at regular dental checkups to ensure a good fit and maximum protection, and stored in a clean, rigid container away from heat to maintain shape.
For more information please visit www.mouthguardawareness.info.