If it is the case, this article from a dentist at the David and Cloutier clinic in Montreal will be of interest to you……
For instance, did you know that each year several thousand accidents happen as a result of sporting activities?
Tooth loss can result from a mere shock, which is regrettable when we know that solutions exist to prevent such injury.
People practising high-risk sports such as boxing, hockey, soccer, etc., should always wear a mouth guard, also called a gum shield, gum guard or a mouth piece.
Take care of your gum
The advantages of a mouth guard
LThe mouth guard reduces the risk and severity of injuries to the teeth or to mouth tissues (lips, cheeks, tongue…)
It is also effective in helping to prevent cerebral concussions or fractures to the jaw.
The various types of mouth guards
The ready-made or preformed and shaped mouth guard inserted into the mouth
It is a universal mouth guard that is inserted into the mouth. This type of mouth guard has many disadvantages:
- It is not adapted to the shape and size of the mouth: its size is limited
- No adjustment is possible
- Uncomfortable and unstable apparatus
- It makes it harder to speak or to breathe
- Unevenness of thickness offers inadequate protection
- It is easily distorted – It is therefore less stable and provides less protection in sport
The custom-made mouth guard
Using a custom-made mouth guard is recommended. Such a personalized mouth guard is made from an imprint of the teeth in order to ensure their protection. The advantages are numerous:
- It is optimized for comfort and retention
- It does not impair breathing
- It does not impair speech
- It is adaptable to orthodontic appliances
- Some parts of the mouth guard can be reinforced in order to address sport-specific risks
The various types of guards are:
- The custom-made single layer mouth guard
- The pressure laminated (multi-layer) guard
- The guard made by injection
Your dentists David and Cloutier strongly recommend that you always wear a mouth guard during training, competition or whenever engaging in a contact sport or combat sport.
You can obtain free information from our assistant at the reception in your dental centre, located next to the Papineau metro station in Montréal – 1935, boul. De Maisonneuve Est – Montréal, QC H2K 4P4
Téléphone: (514) 527-1276
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