Competitive play and sports that involve risks of falling and collisions annually result in hundreds of thousands of dental injuries in America. If you are active athlete or have children that are involved in sporting activities, it is strongly recommended that you consider acquiring a custom mouth guard for yourself or for them.
All FLOSS Dental facilities have the capability to design customized mouth guards for athletes of all types and ages. Need a mouth guard? Visit any of our locations in Coppell, Lakewood, Southlake, Oak Lawn, Park Cities, Preston Royal, Uptown Dallas, 5th Street Austin, and 38th Street Austin .
How Mouth Guards Work
Typically, teeth and jaw damage results from blunt force; however, something as simple as a misstep or awkward fall can cause serious dental damage. Wearing a mouth guard has been proven by the American Dental Association (ADA) as the best way to prevent dental injuries while engaged in sporting activities. How?
Mouth guards are designed to absorb and distribute the force of impact effectively minimizing injury to hard and soft tissues of the mouth, including:
- Jaw Joint (TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint)
There are even more reasons why you should always wear a mouth guard. Recent studies are supporting the idea that mouth guards help to reduce the chances of concussions and some neck injuries. Nevertheless, all mouth guards do not offer the same amount of protection. Store bought mouth guards are standardized solutions that lack full protection.
FLOSS Custom Mouth Guards
There are several advantages to using a customized mouth guard. First, the fit of a custom mouth guard is exact to your mouth. The more exact the fit the better the protection the mouth guard provides during impact. Also, a great fit improves the comfort to the wearer making it more likely that he or she will wear the guard more frequently. Secondly, the level of protection afforded by a custom guard is much higher than over-the-counter types. This is partly due to the construction material, which is of much better quality that the hard plastic used in other mouth guards.
When you visit a FLOSS Dental location, your dentist will take digital x-rays and various measurements of your teeth, their alignment, your gums, and your jaw. A precise mold of your bite is captured so that the custom guard can match it exactly. We take every care to minimize any tooth movement within the guard so that every sports impact is greatly reduced. Our team continues to use the best mouth guard engineering strategies and materials to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.