Spring is the time of year when we all become more physically active and resume outdoor recreational activities. We are able to play tennis, basketball, baseball and other sports. Bike riding, rollerblading, skateboarding, hiking and jogging once again become a major part of an active lifestyle. Because of the increase of physical exercise during this time of year, April is recognized nationwide by the American Dental Association (ADA) as National Facial Protection Month. It’s an opportunity for orthodontic care professionals to stress the importance of wearing mouthguards during physical recreation in order to protect your face, teeth, and soft tissue.
Smiles Orthodontics in Wichita, KS has a Variety of Mouthguards for Every Activity
The majority of people associate mouthguards with extreme contact sports such as football or hockey. However, mouthguards are just as important during outdoor activities. An accidental fall or physical blow to your jaw or mouth can cause serious damage to your smile. Without a mouthguard, it’s very easy to chip or dislodge a tooth, or damage your lips, gums, face, jaw or tongue. Proper orthodontic care means taking the necessary safety measures by finding a mouthguard to protect their smiles from avoidable injuries. It’s such an important issue that National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Finding the right mouthguard that is comfortable and easy to clean is an important safety decision. A mouthguard supplies a cushion for your face during accidental impact by protecting your upper and lower teeth, gums and tongue. There are several types of mouthguards available including: custom-made mouthguards, mouth-formed boil-and-bite mouthguards, and ready-made stock mouthguards. Store bought mouthguards can be used for some situations. Your dentist can customize a mouthguard to your specific bite pattern in order to allow proper speech, breathing and jaw movement. Your dentist will also take into account any special dental work you may have had including crowns or braces for a more comfortable fit. Celebrate National Facial Protection Month by taking the necessary precautions to avoid sports injuries, and enjoy a healthy and safe Spring season! Please contact Smiles Orthodontics for more information on orthodontic care, most especially custom mouthguards and facial protection.