Mouthguards are protective devices primarily designed to cover and cushion the teeth, gums and surrounding oral structures such as the lips and cheeks. They are commonly used in sports and certain medical conditions to prevent injuries and damage to the mouth.
Protection from dental injuries
Mouthguards provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth which helps prevent broken teeth, chipped teeth and other forms of dental trauma. They can absorb and distribute the force of impact, reducing the risk of injuries.
Prevention of soft tissue injuries
In addition to shielding the teeth, mouthguards also protect the lips, cheeks and tongue from getting cut, bruised or lacerated during physical activities. This is particularly important in contact sports where accidental collisions are common.
Reduced risk of jaw injuries
Mouthguards can help absorb the impact of a blow to the jaw, reducing the risk of fractures and other injuries to the jawbone. This is especially relevant in high-impact sports or activities that involve sudden movements.
Prevention of tooth displacement
Mouthguards can help prevent teeth from being knocked out of their positions due to an impact or collision. This is especially beneficial for individuals with braces or other orthodontic appliances.
Protection for individuals with braces
People who wear braces are at a higher risk of mouth injuries because the braces themselves can cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth during impact. A mouthguard provides an extra layer of protection.
Reduction in concussion risk
Whilst not its primary purpose, some studies suggest that using a properly fitted mouthguard might help reduce the risk of concussions by absorbing and distributing impact forces.
Lynton House Dental Practice will work with Fight Face Custom Mouthguards to create a custom-fitted mouthguard that offers the best fit and comfort. This ensures the mouthguard stays in place during physical activity and provides optimal protection.
Prevention of night-time teeth grinding (bruxism)
Some individuals suffer from teeth grinding during sleep. A specific type of mouthguard, called a nightguard or bite splint, can protect the teeth from excessive wear and reduce jaw pain associated with bruxism.
If you're considering using a mouthguard, it's a good idea to consult with a dentist to determine the most appropriate type for your needs, whether it's for sports or other specific concerns.
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