A mouth guard (also known as a gum shield) is a custom-made appliance that protects your teeth during contact sports. It usually requires a dental impression (mould of your teeth) which is sent to a dental laboratory for the mouth guard to be constructed. These can be provided in several colours and patterns to match your teams kit.
Healthy gums are a fundamental aspect of your general oral health. Your dentist will check your gum health as part your routine examination and assess if you are at a higher risk of gum disease.
Gum disease begins as inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that supports your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, early periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The latter being the most severe.
Early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. Smoking and some chronic conditions such as diabetes can put you at higher risk.
Childrens Oral Health
It is essential that children attend the dentist regularly as the need for good oral health beings at day 1. Bringing your child regularly will make sure they are comfortable in the dental environment and allow the dentist to check for signs of tooth decay. It will also provide you with a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s diet and oral hygiene routine. It’s essential your child’s teeth are brushed with an age appropriate fluoride toothpaste twice a day, every day. Be sure to keep sugary items strictly to meal times.
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