Pediatric Dentist in Worthington, OH, Offers Athletic Mouthguards
Playing sports is a fun and social way to keep in shape. It’s not without its dangers, though. One deflected ball can wreak havoc on a patient’s face, causing extensive bruising, broken bones, or broken or dislodged teeth.
The Greatest Smiles on Earth pediatric dental clinic works hard to help their patients achieve perfect smiles. As part of their service, they offer affordable, custom-fit athletic mouthguards to patients who actively participate in sports.
What Are Athletic Mouthguards?
Athletic mouthguards are a dental appliance made from plastic or rubber. These appliances fit over the teeth in the patient’s upper arch and protect the player's teeth, gums, and parts of their cheek and tongue. The patient inserts the mouth guard before playing sports.
How Does a Mouthguard Work?
The mouthguard protects the patient in several ways. Should the patient receive a direct hit to the mouth, the guard will absorb some of the force of the strike. The guard redistributes the remaining force of the hit over the whole area of its surface. This action significantly diminishes the impact of the shock. Why? Energy is more effective when tightly focused.
Think of it this way. A bullet from a 45mm can travel farther than pellets from a shotgun. With the 45mm, there is just one bullet to absorb all the energy of the firing mechanism. With shotgun pellets, the energy is dispersed between the pellets. For this reason, a shotgun blast covers a wider area but doesn't do as much damage.
By spreading the energy of a projectile across a wider field, you disperse its force. This diffusion of force might also reduce the effect of concussive injuries.
The mouthguard provides a solid barrier that protects the enamel of the teeth. And this barrier helps reduce the chances of chipped or fractured teeth.
Should the patient take a direct hit without a mouthguard, there’s a good chance they will bite their tongue or they will cut their teeth into the soft tissue of the mouth. The mouthguard prevents this from happening because it encases the teeth.
Should a Patient Wear a Mouth Guard?
The America Dental Association recommends the use of a mouthguard while playing sports. According to a 2018 study, mouthguard use reduces a patient’s risk of a dental-facial injury by at least 82%.
Is It Worth Getting a Professionally Fitted Mouthguard?
Patients often debate the value of a professionally fitted guard. Having any dental appliance custom-made does cost a little more upfront, but patients get a high-quality option. While there are cheap dental guards in the stores, those don’t hold up as well during a collision.
Compared to the cost of repairing dental trauma, a mouthguard is reasonably priced.
Patients must also consider comfort. A custom-fit model will provide a snug fit and feel comfortable to wear.
Meet the Team at the Greatest Smiles on Earth in Worthington, OH
Do you or your child play contact sports? Would you like to learn more about a high-quality, affordable mouthguard? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Becher at The Greatest Smiles on Earth today by calling (614) 739-8757 or visiting the website and protect those pearly whites.