A mouth guard is a soft plastic device, mostly used in sports, to avoid injury to the jaw, teeth, cheeks, mouth, and tongue. It can also be prescribed as a “night guard” for people who grind their teeth while sleeping.
Here are a few reasons why wearing a mouth guard might be beneficial:
1.Prevent jaw fracture. A hit to the face can be jarring to teeth and cause jaw fracture, requiring surgery. If you compete in contact sports (or run the risk of receiving an accidental blow to the head), a mouth guard can protect you and keep you in the game.
2. Protect from soft tissue injury. The edges of teeth are sharp and can harm cheeks or lips with the right impact. A mouth guard protects those soft tissues.
3. Avoid tooth fracture. Having a protective layer of plastic covering teeth lessens the chance of fracturing and cracking teeth, requiring corrective work like crowns, amalgam fillings, or dental implants.
4. Defend against tooth displacement. If an object (e.g. a ball or fist) hits you in the mouth hard enough, there is bound to be injury. Without a protective mouth guard, teeth can become displaced, making them loose and causing discomfort. Tooth displacement increases the possibility of teeth getting knocked out if another injury is incurred.
Take care of your teeth like you would other parts of your body. Having a beautiful set of teeth feels great and reflects overall health. Simcoe Smile Dental cares about you! Contact us at (289) 312-1482.