A sports mouthguard is a removable and spongy shield that is worn over your top teeth, to protect your upper front teeth from any knock or hit whilst playing sports. These are custom made to fit your teeth. People who play a sport with physical contact such as basketball or football are prone to being hit in the face. Because of the way your front teeth are positioned, they can be knocked as well.
There are a lot of pre-made mouthguards that you can buy from pharmacies or online. However, they are not designed to fit the shape of your teeth and will be a poor fit. Wearing a poor fitting mouthguard, can be similar to not wearing one at all. It may not adequately protect your teeth from injury and could fall out at time of injury.
The damage that can occur from trauma to your front teeth can be serious. It can involve a small chip, larger breakage tooth fragment or complete loss of your tooth. All of these injuries risk damage to the nerve of the tooth. You can develop an abscess and the tooth can change colour to grey/black. In both instances, the nerve of the tooth has died and needs a root canal treatment
50% of children that play contact sport, will experience injury to their front teeth. Please, protect your child’s front teeth by getting them to wear a mouthguard. At Siana Dental, we custom make mouthguards for children and adults. You can choose the colour you want your mouthguard to be. Dental insurances usually contribute well, for this service.
Angle the brush at a 45 degree angle to your gum line and perform small side to side rubbing motion with light pressure. Moving along the whole mouth.
Place the head of the brush along the tooth and gum line. The head of the brush will rotate so you just need to place and hold it on the tooth for at least 5 seconds and then more to the next tooth. Do not apply pressure.
- - Cut a piece of floss about 30 cm.
- - Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of your left hand and the other end around the middle finger of your right hand until your hands are about 7-8cm apart
- - Place the floss slowly between your teeth until it reaches your gums.
- - Hug the floss around one of the teeth and move it up and down then hug it around the neighbouring tooth moving it up and down along the side of the tooth then pull the floss out
- - Move across to the next tooth performing the same technique
There are other cleaning devices to use to clean between your teeth, such as interdental brushes and x-floss and super floss. These are used to clean where there are larger gaps between your teeth and also around implants and beneath bridges. We will instruct you as to which interdental tool and toothbrush will work best for you during your next hygiene visit. We have samples of manual, electric toothbrushes, floss and interdental brushes that we can use to demonstrate how to use them correctly. Our team is here to support you.
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