There are plenty of sports in which athletes have a high expectation that they could suffer a mouth injury. That is why you always see football players, boxers, hockey players, and others wearing sports guards. The question becomes just which athletes should consider using sports guards? The reality is that, on or off a field or court, we all have everyday risks that could damage our smile. Does this mean we should wear sports guards 24/7? Well, you could if you really wanted to, but for the most part, it is just common to do so during high-risk activities.
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association recommends that sports guards be used when you participate in rugby, martial arts, soccer, football, hockey, basketball, boxing, baseball, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, and BMX. They also recommend that you use sports guards both during practice sessions and competitions. This is not to say that you can’t use them for less-risky activities such as golf, racquetball, and tennis.
You might wonder why to worry about it when a dentist can repair or replace a tooth, but when you consider how much less costly sports guards are than the higher cost of a bridge, crown, dental implant, or other dental procedures, not to mention dealing with the pain involved, it really makes much more sense to wear custom-made sports guards.
At Amberwood Dental Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, we offer custom-fitted sports guards at a very affordable cost, and with our flexible hours, we can accommodate your school, work, and sporting activities easily. Call us today and let us help you preserve your smile by keeping it safer from the hazards of sports.