Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:
- …any sport where contact is a possibility.
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.
Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store but be aware that there is a difference between these and the custom fit type made in the dental office. "Boil and bite" type of mouth guards do not offer the best level of protection. Despite your best efforts, they can be ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with flexible plastic that is vacuum formed to protect your teeth. The custom fit of the professionally made mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals).
See your dentist today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.