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Parents are great about reminding their kids to wear a bike helmet and mouthguard. But the reality is that sports injuries aren’t just reserved for the young – they also happen to physically active adults – and the consequences can be costly.
A gappy smile might seem ok on a NHL player – but it just doesn’t have the same affect during your morning meeting. Weekend warriors who hit the ice, bike paths, ball diamonds, lacrosse fields and karate mats too frequently sustain orofacial injuries because of a lack of protection. Wearing a sports mouthguard not only protects teeth but delicate gum and cheek tissue – and the affordability of this small oral appliance can save a person thousands in tooth repairs. Losing a tooth due to trauma can result in more extensive damage and more often than not supporting bone is also effected. When you consider that the average lifetime cost to replace and maintain one missing tooth is in excess of $5000 – spending a few hundred on a custom mouthguard just makes sense.
Mouthguards are not all created equal and choosing a custom-made guard can be superior in several ways over a store bought boil-and-bite variety. The fit of a custom guard is usually the first thing athletes notice – as it has been fabricated from a mould of their mouth, capturing the subtle nuances of tooth shape and size and level of gum tissue. Wearing something that is comfortable will obviously increase the chance of it being worn regularly – so the risk of sustaining an oral injury is better managed. Depending on the nature of the sport a custom guard can be made to a specific thickness – providing additional protection during high risk activities.
Once you’re past a certain age and the Tooth Fairy no longer has you on her list for visits – losing a tooth is nothing less than traumatic and can render a person out of the game in more than one way. Self-confidence can take a beating when someone’s self-image is damaged – and when you add the potential costs involved in replacing a tooth it’s no wonder people feel down. If you’re headed out for a friendly game of hockey or plan on tackling an extreme mountain bike course – wear a sports mouthguard and protect your smile.
Centennial Smiles in Calgary encourage patients to enquire about custom sport mouthguards – available to patients of all ages.