Protect Your Child with a Mouthguard in Carrollton
The American Dental Association says that thousands of individuals–children through adults–suffer sports-related injuries to the mouth each year. In fact, an individual is 60 times more likely to be hurt if he or she is not wearing a mouthguard during physical activities such as football, basketball or even tennis. How can we avoid dental damage for ourselves and especially for our kids? Kimberley Capua DDS recommends protection through customized mouthguards in her Carrollton practice.
What is a Sports Guard in Carrollton?
A mouth guard, or sports guard, is a protective device made to fit over top and bottom teeth, cushioning them during impact. These acrylic appliances cover teeth and gums, shielding them from:
- Oral lacerations (gums, tongue, cheeks)
- Tooth avulsion (partially or completely knocked out)
- Tooth displacement (to the side or back)
- Excessive clenching and grinding during strenuous activity
- Jaw dislocation and fracture
Some primary care physicians indicate that these thin, flexible guards reduce the chances of traumatic brain injury, too. The American Dental Association strenuously advocated for sports guards for high school football players beginning in the early 1960s. Currently, the organization recommends them for a long list of physical activities, including martial arts, soccer and rugby, for a total of more than two dozen sports.
Recommendations from Dr. Capua
Prevention is a big part of dental care. Semi-annual exams and cleanings, a healthy diet and good oral hygiene at home keep smiles strong. For additional help in protecting your young athlete’s teeth and face, Dr. Capua recommends a brief consultation on custom-made mouthguards. This involves an oral exam, X-rays as needed and taking of impressions on the top and bottom teeth. Then, a trusted dental lab fabricates the comfortable, durable mouthguard from BPA-free acrylic according to Dr. Capua’s instructions. The whole process is easy, taking just two brief appointments.
Life with a Mouthguard
Dr. Capua advises that the patient wear the mouthguard during all sporting activities. When not in use, keep the appliance in a well-ventilated protective case, and clean it before and after each use. Non-abrasive toothpaste or mild soap and water works well.
Additionally, be sure to replace the mouthguard when it shows signs of wear or is broken in any way. Bring the appliance to Dr. Capua during semi-annual exams and cleanings so she can check it for proper fit and for wear. Most mouthguards last about two years.
Keep Teeth and Gums Safe
The oral health of your family depends on how well you take care of it day to day. If physical activity is a big part of your life, please consider a customized mouthguard. It’s a simple way to preserve your teeth, gums and jaw. Contact Kimberley Capua DDS to learn more about these outstanding oral appliances.