If you or your children play sport, we recommend a custom made mouth protector, known as a Mouth guard. A professionally fitted mouth guard will protect your entire mouth, as it cushions any blows or falls by distributing the force of the impact. Your teeth are very important and sports like basketball, gymnastics and football may increase risks to your gum tissues and your teeth.
You may not realise that mouth guards help in not only protecting your entire mouth but also help prevent concussions and types of incidents of unconsciousness. Jaw fractures and neck injuries can be reduced because complications do not need to arise in situations where the lower jaw jams into the upper jaw.
With a mouth guard you will also have the benefits of less bruising of the cheeks and lips especially if you wear braces. Your properly fitted mouth guard could prevent damage to the bracket of your braces. Although mouth protectors typically only cover the upper teeth, we may suggest that you use a mouth protector on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too.
You might have already seen generic or non-custom mouth guards in the market but because your teeth need to be protected as best as possible, avoid these as they are ill fitting and offer little protection, if any. Only a dentist can custom fit a mouth guard to your teeth.