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Mouthguards and Your Oral Health

Oct 17

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10/17/2018 10:46 AM  RssIcon

Mouthguards are crucial to protecting your teeth, jaw, and even your brain from injury. If you or your child have braces and are active in sports, we strongly encourage wearing mouthguards. 

Why are mouthguards important?

Even if you’re not playing a full contact sport, like football, there is always the potential for equipment or a teammate’s elbow or knee to accidentally hit you in the mouth. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, you run the risk of painful injuries, broken orthodontic appliances, and even concussions. 

In some cases, injuries may be severe enough that we need to remove your braces. This will allow you to receive medical treatment and heal before continuing your orthodontic treatment. Depending on when you can restart treatment, this may lengthen your overall time in braces and increase the cost of braces. If your appliances are broken beyond repair, you may need to pay replacement fees for new appliances as well. 

In addition, perhaps the most important reason to wear a mouthguard is added protection from concussions. When you receive a hard hit to the jaw, a mouthguard can help absorb much of the impact and distribute it evenly. This can minimize the force to your brain and reduce trauma. 

If you experience an injury to your mouth or appliance, be sure to call our office as soon as you can. We can assess any broken appliances and make sure there isn’t damage to the teeth and jaw bones. Of course, if your injury is severe, always call 911. 

Which mouthguard is right for you?

At Campbell Orthodontics, our goal is to give you a new, beautiful smile as fast and comfortably as possible. Contact our office to learn more about our mouthguard options. We can help you find the right mouthguard that works with your needs.