If you or your child play sports, especially contact sports that come with a greater risk for injuries, you know the importance of wearing the proper protective gear. Wearing the right types of protective gear allow you to play safely while also enjoying the sport you love. In addition to gear such as shin pads, elbow pads, and helmets, another crucial piece of protective equipment is a sports guard. At Summercrest Dental, we can provide you with a professionally made sports guard, which helps to protect your mouth from serious injuries.
What is a Sports Guard?
A sports guard is a piece of protective equipment that is designed to protect your teeth, your jawbone, and your intraoral tissues from serious harm while you play sports. It can protect your mouth in a variety of different situations including
Types of Sports Guards
There are a few different types of sports guards that you can choose from.
Benefits of a Sports Guard
There are many benefits associated with wearing a sports guard.
Taking Care of Your Sports Guard
For your sports guard to provide you with optimal protection, it is important that you take good care of it. Your sports guard should be rinsed with water before and after every use. Every once in a while, clean it thoroughly with soap and water. It should be stored in a hard case with vents, which will allow airflow to prevent bacterial growth. Store your sports guard in a safe location. Do not leave it exposed to heat or direct sunlight, as these elements can cause warping, which greatly reduces its effectiveness. Inspect your sports guard periodically for damage. At the first sign of wear and tear, your sports guard should be replaced.
With a custom created sports guard, you can rest easy knowing that you, or your child, is protected from serious oral injuries while playing. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Summercrest Dental at (503) 567-8827 today.
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