Banking on a mouth guard

Research has shown that the overall risk of orofacial injury is reduced when a sports mouth guard is worn during athletic activity.

If you play sports like hockey, soccer, or football, practice martial arts, or enjoy extreme sports like BMX, skateboarding, skiing or snowboarding, you should invest in one.

Dental hygienists see first-hand the impact of injuries to the teeth, gums and jaws, and so recommend custom-fitted mouth guards as a cost-effective investment in protection. The average cost of a custom-fitted sports mouth guard is very low compared to the $5,000 to $10,000 lifetime cost of treating a lost front tooth. If your sports organization doesn’t require mouth guard protection, you should ask why.

Protecting your pearly whites is important, especially if you’ve invested a lot in orthodontics or other dental treatments. That’s why it pays to use a mouth guard when playing sports. Ask your dental hygienist about custom-fitting a sports mouth guard during your next visit.

According to Health Canada, When you are hit in the mouth or jaw, a mouth guard acts as a cushion that redistributes the force of the blow, so the impact is absorbed more evenly. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in and around your mouth. Many studies have shown that mouth guards help prevent chipped or broken teeth and protect against cuts to lips, gums, and other soft tissue in the mouth area.

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