SPECIAL MESSAGE to all sportsmen and women in and around the northern suburbs – Dentico now offers custom-fitted gum guards for extra mouth and dental protection.
Shortly after announcing our teeth whitening packages, Dentico is proud to announce its new custom-fitted gum guards – a specialised offering for all athletes.
Dr Hendricks believes this is a valuable product to everyone involved in sport, especially heavy-contact sports like rugby.
“We’ve already done our first one for a young rugby player and he’s very happy with the final product. It fits his mouth perfectly and he chose the colour too,” said Dr Hendricks.
“Custom-fitted gum guards are important because they offer stable protection for your teeth. It helps prevent any fractures and other pains or damage, which will cost a lot of money to repair.”
The entire process only requires two visits.
To make a custom-fitted gum guard, Dr Hendricks will take an impression of your teeth. The cast of your impression makes a near perfect model of your mouth and is sent to a dental lab where your gum guard will be constructed.
The dental lab will mould the mouthguard material of choice around the cast, getting in all details necessary for a proper fit. Once the mouthguard is ready, Dr Hendricks will inspect the gum guard and make sure you are satisfied with the fit.
“I’d highly recommend this to all athletes as it will prevent any costly dental damage in future. Especially for young sportsmen and women.”
HERE ARE MORE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GET A CUSTOM-FITTED GUM GUARD
Gum guards should not be recognised as a product that falls in the “one size fits all” category. Our teeth, jaw, and mouth vary in size and shape from person to person.
The poorest fit will come from pre-formed guards. These require the mouth to be closed to hold them in place making breathing and talking difficult. Mouth-formed or often known as “boil-and-bite” gum guards will fit a bit better with less bulk. However, they will not form to the teeth as tightly and comfortably as a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Custom-fitted gum guards are designed with your dental history in mind along with the specific sport you are playing. This means any braces or appliances you have will be protected as well.
Since your gum guard is made from a direct impression of your mouth, there isn’t any unwanted or unnecessary bulky material left over. The mouthguard should stay put in your mouth without having to keep your mouth closed.
This makes breathing, talking and swallowing much easier.
GREAT FOR KIDS
Because custom fit gum guards are more comfortable than non-custom ones they are more likely to be worn more regularly. Even more so for children.
You’ll find that there will be less taking it out during practice, complaining it hurts and “forgetting” to wear it. Introducing custom-fit gum guards to children when they are young, increases the chances they will continue wearing them into adulthood.
A custom-fitted gum guard from Dentico will cover and protect all of your teeth. If impact takes place, this gum guard will absorb the shock and distribute the impact properly.
According to the International Academy of Sports Dentistry; a properly fabricated gum guard “separates the mandible (lower jaw) and maxilla (upper jaw), thereby buffering the transmission of concussive effect to the base of the brain”.
As concussions continue to rise in young athletes, properly fit gum guards are an intelligent preventative measure for anyone to add to contact sports.
As an athlete, it is best to explain to your dentist exactly what activities the mouthguard will be used for. Heavy contact sports such as boxing, hockey and football will require the appropriate thickness to handle the impact. Low contact sports such as tennis and racquetball can be thinner. Impact is much less likely to occur and at much less severity in these sports.
As with most dentistry, prevention is key. Being pro-active and wearing a mouthguard before an injury takes place can save you in costly dental reconstructive services down the road. While your cheapest option of a mouthguard will be a pre-formed or bite-and-boil one from the corner store, you will also get cheap coverage and comfort.
The cost of knocked out teeth, stitches from braces going through the lip or even worse trauma is far more expensive than a custom-fitted gum guard. Protecting costly dental work you have already had done such as porcelain veneers or dental implants is a great idea as well.