Our teeth are an extremely valuable commodity. Without them, we have difficulty chewing our favorite foods, forming sounds to speak clearly, and smiling with confidence. There are many ways to protect our teeth for a lifetime of service, and our dentists wan to help you to do just that.
In addition to keeping our teeth healthy from dental decay and gum disease, there are other things we can do to maintain good dental health.
There are hazards we encounter from day to day that could result in long term and costly dental repairs. Broken teeth or teeth lost due to an accident could be prevented if they are the result of a sports outing or engaging in an activity that might require safety precautions.
You do not think twice about wearing protection for hands, knees, or elbows; or wearing a helmet to protect your head. But what about those valuable teeth? Don’t you think they are important enough to provide ample protection when engaging in certain activities?
School sports program officials are adamant that children wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth and mouths during most of their sponsored activities. Basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer and baseball are all sports that require mouth protection.
But not all activities are that organized. Just because there is no official sponsor for a sport being played does not mean protection is not needed. A pick-up game can result in injury just as easily as an organized event. Having and wearing important protective gear is taught by instruction and example. Parents need to be proactive when it comes to protecting their children.
There are many kinds of mouth guards available. A custom fitted mouth guard designed specifically for your activity can be provided by one of our dentists to afford maximum protection. In addition to protecting the teeth, gums, and mouth from injury, a custom fitted mouth guard will be more comfortable than a generic one you can purchase online or at the sporting goods store.
Let’s face it … if it doesn’t fit properly or is uncomfortable, the likelihood of affording protection is limited.
Our team can fabricate a mouth guard that you or your child will wear to keep teeth, tongue, and soft oral tissues protected from injury. This small bit of protection can ultimately save money and many hours of dental repair.
Call us today at one of our convenient Chicago locations to get fitted for your mouth guard!