An often overlooked, but important aspect to protecting your teeth and maintaining good oral health is the use of athletic mouth guards. Midtown Dental uses the latest technology to create custom fitting mouth guards to protect your teeth and mouth.
Mouth or Sports Guards
Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
Over the Counter Mouth Guards Unsafe
Unfortunately, over the counter mouth guards from your local sports store do not protect your teeth adequately and are of little benefit. Sports medicine experts estimate that up to 80% of currently worn athletic mouth guards are not effective and can be more dangerous than not wearing one at all. These types of mouth guards do not fit around the teeth or arches. When a blow occurs, the tray is forced rearward and the forces are not distributed evenly to the oral tissues.
How We Make Mouth Guards?
At Midtown Dental in Sacramento, Dr. Jenny Apekian makes custom mouth guards from an exact model of the mouth, using the most accurate method known in dentistry today, the pressure lamination technique. This provides the most protective, comfortable and accurate fit available. The equipment that Dr. Apekian uses is the same as that used by professional sports team such as the Dallas Cowboys and many others. As an added benefit, custom, mouth guards can be made in any color combination and can even include names and team logos.
At Midtown Dental in Sacramento, we can help you protect your teeth from injury and subsequent dental treatment with a simple mouth guard.