Why are sport guards important?
When a sport mouthguard is worn (and fits properly) it helps provide protection for the hard (teeth and jaw) and soft (lips, cheeks, gums) tissues of the mouth, by absorbing and redistributing the forces generated by traumatic blows.
Why a “Custom” sport guard?
Custom sport mouthguards are typically regarded as the most protective and comfortable type of guard. Therefore, the athlete is more likely to wear their sports guard. Custom sport guards only fit the athlete it was made for and they are still able to speak quite clearly.
Why not a “boil and bite” or generic sport guard?
Typically they are uncomfortable, flop around in the mouth, and you must clench to hold them in place. Often you see athletes with their sport guards half in, half out of their mouths.
What sports should require a sports mouthguard?
Any sport where player contact is common. The following would be considered a contact sport. Football, boxing, ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, soccer, basketball, water polo, martial arts, and wrestling.
Are there any other sports where one requires a sport mouthguard?
Anyone participating in skateboarding, baseball, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, and skiing are all at risk for injury and therefore should wear a sports guard.
The de Man & Höediono team can make a variety of custom fabricated athletic sports guards(size and colour). The type of sport participated in determines the thickness that is needed for the guard.
Our primary goal with children is to use preventive techniques to eliminate problems before they occur. One of the best examples of this is sealing children's teeth. Most of us have fillings on the top surface of our back teeth because the deep grooves of the back teeth are difficult to clean. This part of the mouth is by far the most susceptible area to decay. A sealant fills in the deep grooves so they are easy to clean. Like most things, sealants have changed over the years. In the past, we simply painted a plastic covering over the deep grooves of the teeth. The shortcoming with that method is that there usually is already plaque or small areas of decay in the groove of the tooth. The sealant won't stick to those areas and falls out, then decay progresses.