Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, baseball/softball, soccer and really any sport where contact is a possibility. Athletes of all ages and ability levels should wear them. It is best to have athletes start wearing mouth guards at a young age while playing sports so that it becomes a habit.
Wearing a mouth guard not only helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw, but they can also help prevent lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also decreased the risk of concussions in athletes.
Mouth guards are available in almost any sporting goods store. With that being said, you should be mindful when purchasing a mouth guard. Store bought mouth guards do not offer the best level of protection. Unless they are properly molded, they can be ill fitting and uncomfortable for your athlete.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, custom mouth guards are the way to go. A custom mouth guard can be ordered at your dentist’s office. It is molded and created specifically for the optimal protection of your or your child’s mouth. It is created with a thin plastic material that is hardened to protect your teeth by providing a close fit. The thinness of the custom mouth guard is a major perk compared to store-bought mouth guards. They allow for easy breathing and also easy communication, which is especially important for athletes to communicate on the field.
Contact your dentist today to get a custom mouth guard made to protect your teeth and smile. It will not only keep you safe, but will also help you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.