Why Every Athlete Needs a Mouthguard
What is a Mouthguard?
The word "mouthguard" is universal and generic, and includes a large range and variety of products, from "over the counter" models bought at the sporting goods stores to professionally manufactured custom made mouthguards.
Why does my child need a mouthguard?
More than 5 million teeth are damaged each year due to sports injuries and trauma. A majority of these incidents can be attributed to the absence of a mouthguard or to improperly fabricated and fitted mouthguards. Not only do mouthguards protect the teeth, but they also protect the head against a blow to the jaw that can result in a concussion and loss of consciousness.
Not only do mouthguards help to protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage but they also safeguard against serious injuries such as jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and concussions by preventing situations where the lower jaw hits too strongly into the upper jaw. By keeping soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, mouthguards may also help prevent cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks.
What are the added benefits of a custom mouthguard?
While many sporting goods stores sell mouthguards, these versions such as “Boil & Bite” can be bulky, poor fitting, and not as effective as a custom made mouth guard.
A properly fitted mouth guard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, and have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas. Any type of sport, regardless of the contact level, poses a risk of injury to your mouth.
How do I get a custom mouthguard?
Dr. Carrie Thangamani and the team at CHT Orthodontics in downtown Hinsdale specialize in orthodontic treatment for adults and children, including fabricating customized mouthguards to each individual need. There is no need to be a current patient at the office to have a custom mouth guard made.
For appointments or a complimentary initial orthodontic consultation, call CHT Orthodontics at (630) 323-1201 or visit the website at www.chtortho.com