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Athletic Mouthguards for Athletes

You know a helmet and pads are crucial for people who play football, but do you consider a custom-fitted mouth-guard as part of this essential equipment? If not, it’s time for you to rethink your approach to protective gear. Athletes who wear customized mouth-guards are far less likely to experience dental injuries, and evidence suggests that the risk of concussion also decreases with the consistent use of personalized mouth-guards. Dr. Our doctors recommend mouth-guards for athletes of all ages — keep reading to learn why, then schedule an appointment for your own today!

Why Wear a Sports-guard?

There’s no doubt that one of the most common reasons for dental injuries is contact sports. People frequently come into our office with knocked out teeth, broken teeth, bleeding gums, and other urgent problems related to sports. They are usually injuries that could have been avoided with the proper use of a custom-fitted mouth-guard.

Athletes of virtually any sport can benefit from the protection of a sports mouth-guard. Of course football, rugby, wrestling, and boxing put the smile at risk, but even lower contact sports can put your teeth vulnerable to injury. Anytime your smile could come into contact with a fast-flying bat, ball, or any other hard surface, a mouth-guard would serve you well.

Because it provides excellent protection against injury, a mouth-guard is an inexpensive way to save you and your family a lot of money, time, and stress in the long run. Not only that, but studies show that a custom-fitted mouth-guard also actually reduces the risk of concussion. Because they do not fit properly or often aren’t worn as directed due to the fact that they are uncomfortable, boil and bite or other one-size-fits-all varieties of mouth-guards you can find in the drugstore just do not offer the same level of protection.

The benefits of a customized sports-guard include…

Caring for Your Mouth-guard

With proper care, a personalized mouth-guard can be expected to last for an entire season, or about six months. Make sure you are cleaning the device before and after each use to prevent bacteria buildup. Rinse it off with a mild antibacterial hand soap — do not use toothpaste, which can scratch the plastic. Between practices and games, store the mouth-guard in the hard, ventilated case that we provide for you. Avoid cleaning with hot water or storing the mouth piece in extreme heat, as it may warp and lose its proper fit.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Don’t forget your smile while you’re preparing your equipment for the upcoming season. Remember that even lower contact sports can leave your smile at risk of injury, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office to schedule an appointment for a customized sports mouth-guard!