Any time you or a family member engage in an activity where there is potential for any kind of contact, it is wise to be prepared in the event of an unforeseen injury. A mouth guard that your family dentist can custom make for you will provide protection from a number of possible dental maladies.
Proactive vs. Reactive
Whenever you participate in a sport or activity, you wear gear to protect your knees, elbows, shoulders … whether it is a helmet while riding a bike or pads to save your body from a fall, you make sure you protect your body from potential injury.
But very often, these same activities can pose dangers that can impact your face and mouth. Of course, when playing a contact sport like football, hockey, or basketball, the coach will encourage participants to wear a mouth guard. But think what could happen if you met with an accident while engaging in an activity where no contact is anticipated.
A mishap can occur without notice so it is always better to be prepared rather than have to respond to an emergency. Mouth guards are not just for professional athletes. They are designed to protect the teeth, tongue, gums, lips, and jaws from injury.
Custom Made vs. Generic
Your family dentist can discuss the variety of mouth guards available, and recommend the one that will be best for you. Having a mouth guard fitted specifically for you will provide the ultimate protection and will fit perfectly. Let’s face it … if it doesn’t fit or is uncomfortable, it probably won’t be worn.
A generic mouth guard that is designed for you to mold them yourself might be less costly, but if it fails to do the job, you may be faced with an injury that ultimately could cost you a lot more in the long run.
You and your family deserve the best protection available to save you from potential injury. A blow to the face or accidental fall could result in lost teeth, cuts to the tongue or soft oral tissues, or a jaw injury that could impact your ability to chew.
A mouth guard provides protection that ensures you and your family stay safe while having fun in whatever activities you enjoy. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Kozlow & Rowell Dentistry today.