It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention the pain!
At Oceanside Dental Excellence, our team wants to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth guards. We advise our patients to think of mouth guards as an essential part of their protective gear. Most Oceanside parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer, which is why we encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your children. We love seeing our patients, but we never want to see them with missing teeth or a severe toothache in Oceanside.
Save Yourself from a Toothache in Oceanside
You are probably aware of the main types of mouth guards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits-all and probably provide the least amount of protection, although they are better than nothing. Furthermore, you can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in boiling water and then formed to the mouth. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Some Oceanside dentists offer custom sports mouth guards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouth guard. Ask your dentist about custom mouth guard! Mouth protection is extremely essential for Oceanside patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some Oceanside orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.
Call Us in a Dental Emergency
If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call my Oceanside office immediately at 760-439-3400. We will do everything in our power to save the tooth. Remember that every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you. Don’t forget that we also offer services such as wisdom tooth extraction, sedation dentistry, and teeth whitening.