There are more ways to exercise than ever before. In Carlsbad, we have personal trainers, all-purpose gyms, specialty facilities, and recreational sports.
At La Costa Dental Excellence, we want to remind our patients that many activities pose a risk to teeth.
Mouthguards are not just for rugby and football players. Actually, you should use mouthguards during any activity where facial impact is possible.
This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, and volleyball, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.
Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. Soften them in water and then place in your mouth to fit them (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.
The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work. Plus these expensive appliances can be damaged as well. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for patients undergoing these treatments. Your orthodontist may even recommend a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.
Regardless if you’re wearing a mouth guard or not, if you have a dental emergency, call immediately. Our emergency dentists are here to help the people of Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos and the surrounding areas.
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