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Do you or your child participate in athletics? Dr. Edford Clark may recommend a sports mouth guard in Prestonburg, Kentucky, especially if you or your child participates in contact sports. A mouth guard is piece of plastic that is molded to fit around your upper teeth. When worn over the teeth, mouth guards help protect you from injury to the mouth.

Sports Injuries
When an individual participates in sports (high impact, low impact, and even no impact), they could receive a dental injury. Potential injuries to the mouth include:

– Cuts to the lip or cheek
– Chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
– Damage to a tooth root
– Broken jaw
– Damaged restorations

Some sports, including football and boxing, require the use of mouth guards. However, most athletes can benefit from a mouth guard.

Mouth Guard Protection
Mouth guards are made of a resilient material and are worn over the upper teeth. In some cases, our dentist may recommend a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Mouth guards offer protection to the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. The ADA states that when a person receives a blow to the face or when he or she falls onto a hard surface, a mouth guard can redistribute the force of the impact, thus reducing the chance of significant injury.

To learn more about mouth guards and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, contact our dental office at 606-886-4260 today.