Many athletes end up with dental emergencies due to sports. Teeth get chipped, fractured, knocked loose of completely knocked out. Since many sports are contact based and it is hard to predict how you can get injured, a preventive measure needs to be taken. Mouth guards are an important piece of sports equipment. A sports mouth guard acts as a force absorbing cushion that can help protect your teeth, lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue.
Some mouth guards can be purchased in stores which are a bit more generic and made to fit any mouth. Due to this fact, they are not the most effective option. There are also some boil-and-bite mouthguards that try to offer a more custom feel, but often still miss the mark. A custom mouth guard crafted by your dentist is the best and most effective way to protect your mouth. Custom mouth guards are also less likely to impede your speech or breathing.
A recent study conducted by the National Youth Sports Foundation states that athletes without a protective mouth guard are 60 times more likely to receive damage to their teeth and mouth. The American Dental Association attributes about 200,000 injuries are prevented each year because of athletes wearing custom mouth guards.
For children and teens that are becoming active in sports, a custom mouth guard is a wise investment. It is less expensive than many other protective sports equipment. It can save a lot of money for emergency dental issues later on and help keep a great smile.
Dentistry is a proven way to help enhance people’s lives, and it’s a privilege for me to positively affect the health of so many families in my community. Modern dental care provides a wealth of benefits, and it is my goal to give my patients the oral health & beautiful smiles they deserve.