Protecting yourself when you play sports is important. Many sports, including football, soccer, and martial arts, have a high risk of injury. Injuries are not only painful. They can result in significant medical bills and leave you out of commission for a while. Moreover, your body isn’t the only thing at risk. Your mouth is as well.
For this reason, mouthguards are essential. Fern Creek Dentistry can help you to protect your mouth with a mouthguard created just for you.
How Common are Dental Injuries in Sports?
Dental and oral injuries as a result of sports injuries affect thousands of players every single year. Of course, while any sport can result in a dental or oral injury, there are some sports that pose a higher risk than others. Sports considered to be contact sports, such as football and boxing, typically have the highest risk for injuries, including oral injuries. The best way to protect your mouth is with a mouthguard.
How Does a Mouthguard Protect You?
A mouthguard is a piece of laminate or plastic material that is meant to be worn in your mouth and over your teeth while you play sports. It functions to absorb the impact of a blow to the face, protecting your teeth, your soft tissues, and your jaw. Most higher risk sports include a mouthguard as a mandatory part of protective gear, particularly when it comes to school sports. With a mouthguard, you can keep your teeth safe from breaking or being knocked out and your soft tissues from painful lacerations. A mouthguard can also prevent jawbone fractures and reduce the risk for a concussion.
Are There Different Types of Mouthguards?
You can find mouthguards at sporting goods stores or other stores that carry sporting equipment. These types of mouthguards include stock and boil and bite. These mouthguards are affordable options that are readily available. However, they do have their downsides. Stock mouthguards may not fit properly, and ill-fitting mouthguards can increase your risk for injuries. These mouthguards are also not always made from high-quality materials, which means they can wear out quickly and require more frequent replacement. There are also what are known as custom mouthguards. These are the ones that we make just for you here in our office. These mouthguards are custom fit to your mouth, ensuring an optimal fit.
The Benefits of a Professionally Made Mouthguard
So, if other mouthguards are more affordable, why should you get a custom mouthguard? One of the biggest reasons for a custom mouthguard is that it is made from an impression of your mouth. This allows us to create a device that fits your mouth perfectly. When your mouthguard fits properly, it is much more comfortable, which can offer more incentive to wear it. We use high-quality materials, which ensure better, more effective protection. Better materials also help to ensure that your mouthguard lasts longer. Additionally, if you or your child wear braces, we can make a mouthguard that fits perfectly around them, protecting your teeth and your orthodontic work.
If you play sports, a mouthguard needs to be a part of your protective gear. For more information, call Fern Creek Dentistry at (704) 380-9555 today.