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What Protection Does a Mouthguard Provide?

If you or your child participates in contact sports and athletic activities, a professionally-designed mouthguard is strongly recommended. In response to a forceful blow to the mouth or jaw, a custom mouthguard provides enough of a cushion to redistribute the impact of the blow. This allows the forces to be reduced and absorbed more evenly.

Your mouthguard also protects your smile by creating a barrier between the teeth, the lips, and the tongue. The ability of the mouthguard to help prevent broken teeth, cuts on the lips and gums, and trauma to the other soft tissue of the mouth and face should not be underestimated. In fact, a guard that has been designed especially for you by your dentist will provide you with the highest level of comfort and the most predictable protection.

The ability of the mouthguard to help prevent broken teeth, cuts on the lips and gums, and trauma to the other soft tissue of the mouth and face should not be underestimated.

With the growing emphasis on serious sports injuries such as concussions, there is emerging research that suggests a connection between a protective mouthguard and the prevention of some head and neck injuries. Although the scientific claims for the prevention of head and neck trauma is not conclusive, there is no question that these appliances do provide definite dental benefits.

Why choose a custom mouthguard? These appliances are prescribed and designed by an experienced dental professional exclusively for you. Rather than choosing a one-size-fits-all solution, your guard will be based upon measurements obtained from a model of your teeth and the mouthguard will be molded to achieve a snug and comfortable fit. A custom guard can also prevent damage and trauma for patients who wear braces and other orthodontic appliances, in which case a blow to the mouth could lead to significant cuts or tears inside of the mouth.

Making the smart investment in a custom mouthguard can provide invaluable insurance for the prevention of injuries, lost time and painful suffering.

For more advice on choosing the mouthguard that is best for yourself or your children, consult with our skilled dental team at Broadway Dental.

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