Mouth Guards Irvine, CA
Dr. Ursula Levine, DDS | Levine Dentistry, Inc.
Imagine the stress or anxiety you would feel if you had a tooth knocked out while playing your favorite sport. What if it were one of your front teeth? All of a sudden, your ability to smile, talk and eat would be affected.
This is a serious risk for anyone who engages in collision or contact sports. Taking a puck, ball, or hit to the face can break a tooth, knock out a tooth, cause a deep laceration in the mouth, or even break the jaw.
To reduce your risk, you should wear an athletic mouth guard. They protect the teeth and other tissues of the mouth. A mouth guard is an essential piece of safety equipment for any athlete who participates in sports like football, basketball, hockey, martial arts or boxing, regardless of age or skill level.
While you may be tempted to purchase a stock or “boil and bite” mouth guard at a sporting goods store, a better idea is to have a mouth guard custom-made by a dentist. Patients needing mouth guards in Irvine can see Dr. Ursula Levine to get a close, comfortable fit and the maximum level of protection.
Who should wear a mouth guard?
Dental injuries are common in contact and collision sports, and the American Dental Association endorses mouth guards to anyone that engages in these kinds of activities at any level (whether professionally or recreationally). Mouth guards are designed to soften a blow to the face and minimize the risk of broken or missing teeth, as well as injuries to the lips, tongue, jaw, and face. Some sporting leagues require all players to wear mouth guards.
Mouth guards are strongly recommended for the following sports:
- Field hockey
How does a mouth guard work?
Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth. In the event of an accident, the upper teeth suffer the majority of trauma because of the way they are positioned in the the mouth. Bottom teeth are further back in the mouth and naturally have a little more protection, so they are not always covered by the mouth guard. However, some mouth guards do fit over the bottom teeth as well.
A custom-made mouth guard is created based on the measurements of the individual patient. It should conform to the mouth, accommodating any orthodontics or dental restorations. After a short adjustment period, wearing a mouth guard should feel comfortable and natural in the mouth.
Looking for mouth guards Irvine, CA?
If you or your child plays sports, you should talk to Dr. Levine about protecting your teeth. She is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for a mouth guard in Irvine, and she can give you suggestions for your specific sport and situation. To book your appointment, please call or email our office.