Four to five million concussions are reported annually, according to Dr. Kami Hoss of The Super Dentists. And that number just includes the concussions that are reported! While many people think that concussions occur from a blow to the top of the head, it is important to note that contact to any portion of the mouth or jaw can cause concussion symptoms.
In this segment with ABC Channel 10 San Diego, Dr. Hoss points out that the jaw makes up approximately two-thirds of a person’s face. An individual’s upper jaw extends underneath the eyes and supports the nose. The mandible consists of the entire bottom portion of the jaw. Failure to protect either of these jaw components during contact sports or activities may lead to concussions, tooth loss or mouth injuries.
With a custom mouthguard, an individual can protect himself or herself against concussions and other tooth or mouth problems. A mouth guard helps cushion the teeth to prevent tooth loss or mouth injuries due to physical contact. It also provides a barrier between the teeth and cheeks and lips and tongue to minimize soft tissue damage during contact sports and activities.
Most mouth guards cover only the upper teeth. However, individuals with protruding jaw or those wearing braces or other dental appliances on their lower jaw should also consider a mouth guard to protect their lower teeth.
Studies show a custom mouthguard is at least twice as effective in reducing concussions in comparison to a standard mouthguard, Dr. Hoss says. Since a custom mouthguard is designed to provide a perfect fit, an individual is more likely to wear it during contact sports and activities, too.
At The Super Dentists, our expert dentists understand a healthy lifestyle involves staying physically active. We also realize it sometimes is difficult to protect the jaw, teeth, and mouth during contact sports and activities. That’s why we work with each patient to craft a custom mouth guard that is safe, comfortable, and effective. With this approach, we can create a custom mouth guard that:
- Limits the risk of concussions, tooth and mouth injuries
- Enables a patient to speak more clearly
- Doesn’t hinder a patient’s ability to breathe
- Stays in place, even during football games, gymnastics meets, and other contact sports and activities
- Is simple to clean
- Won’t fall apart easily
Some insurance plans may cover all or some of the cost of a mouthguard.
To find out more about The Super Dentists’ custom-fitted mouthguards, please contact us today Text 1-844-765-1234 or call 1 (855) GO SUPER.