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Why Wear a Sports Mouthguard?

The popular high school football season is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to think about mouthguards. There are more reasons to wear a mouthguard besides not wanting a smile like a hockey player! Although football is a popular sport to use mouthguards, a mouthguard should be used in any contact sport to protect the teeth and the supporting structures.

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The obvious purpose is to protect the teeth. A proper fitting mouthguard also protects the jaw joint, neck, and the teeth upon impact by providing a cushion effect that absorbs the impact. It can also protect the soft tissue from injury as well. It can even reduce the chance of a sports-related concussion. The NFL has done a good job in raising public awareness of the risks of concussions.

It’s not just football athletes that should be wearing a mouthguard. Basketball, hockey, volleyball, and soccer athletes should also wear one. A mouthguard should be part of the necessary sports equipment for kids and adults in any sport where there is a chance of contact with the face or head. Remember that orthodontics (braces) can pose even more of an injury risk for the lips and soft tissue.

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There are three types of sports mouthguards available. The least expensive are available at a sporting goods store that you can either wear off the shelf (stock tray) or a boil and bite that you can slightly customize the fit. Both tend to be bulky and as a result can make it difficult to breathe. A custom sports mouthguard can be made by a dentist. Custom impressions are taken and one is made specifically for you. Orthodontics (braces) can also pose a challenge when getting an over-the-counter mouthguard to fit comfortably.

Call our office if you have questions about sports mouthguards. We want to help you protect those pearly whites!

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