Mouth guards and Springtime
It’s springtime and again time to remind our patients at Brilliant Smiles Orthodontics to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.
If you are planning on participating in spring sports, it’s imperative to have a proper-fitting mouth guard. Mouth guards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions. That being said please remember DO NOT use a regular mouth guard (the mouth guards that are boiled). Dr. Goff recommends using a mouth guard that is braces friendly, which it should say it on the box or you can buy one from our office.
Having a mouth guard can make the difference between losing your teeth or not, and because many of our patients who play high school sports have jaws that are still growing, last year’s mouth guard may no longer fit as it should. Please feel free to ask Dr. Goff and his staff any questions you have regarding mouth guards.