Who Needs a Sports Guard?
Sports guards should be used by anyone — both children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
Why Use a Sports Guard When Playing Sports?
Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a sports guard during any sport is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Sports guards also help avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
The Canadian Dental Association reports that over 200,000 sports injuries are prevented every year in Canada by utilizing sports guards. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained by children as well as high school and college athletes.
Here at Erin Mills Dental Centre, we offer Pro-Form performance mouth guards which are custom molded to your bite. The process takes only two visits: one visit to take your bite impression and the second visit to make sure it fits properly.