By now, you probably know how important it is to wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports, and as a parent, you likely make sure your child always has his mouth guard before practice or a big game.
Wearing a mouth guard has long been known to protect the teeth in the event that you take a blow to the face, but did you know that these devices can also show some benefits in protecting against concussions?
HOW MOUTH GUARDS PROTECT AGAINST CONCUSSIONS
Custom mouth guards can prevent concussions by keeping the jaw in correct alignment with the skull. This will prevent the jaw from being forced up into the skull in the event of a traumatic injury, the result of which is often a concussion.
Other studies have shown that mouth guards are successful at absorbing shock. Since they can stabilize the neck and head, when your jaw is hit during athletic activities, movement will be limited. This is because the mouth guard will absorb much of the impact without it affecting the teeth.
CUSTOM MOUTH GUARDS PROVIDE THE MOST PROTECTION
Considering the fact that there are anywhere from 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions every year in the U.S. alone, it is easy to see why these devices are so important in contact sports. When it comes to mouth guards, your best option for optimal protection is to choose a custom guard created by your dentist in order to match the exact specifications of your mouth.
Boil and bite mouth guards are also available, but they don’t fit nearly as well as custom guards. Plus, most patients find that custom-fitted guards are more effective and durable than these cheaper options.
If you need an athletic mouth guard, contact our office today to set up an appointment to have one custom-made for your mouth.