Athletic Mouthguards Protect Your Smile [BLOG]

  • April 26, 2017

If you’re not using an athletic mouthguard, you’re putting your teeth and your smile at risk. It doesn’t take much force or impact to chip, crack, break, or knock out a tooth. Call Family First Dental & Implant Center to schedule an appointment for a customized athletic mouthguard. Dr. Buro and our highly skilled specialists have been serving the Leesburg community for years. It’s that kind of experience you can count on to protect the beautiful smiles of all the athletes in your family!

Sports Put Your Smile At Risk, Especially Without A Mouthguard

Studies have shown that without the protection of an athletic mouthguard, you are 60 times more likely to sustain a dental injury while participating in organized sports. According to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries.

With statistics like that, it’s no wonder why many schools require the use of mouthguards for student athletes! The fact is, while sports are really fun and provide valuable learning opportunities for children, sports aren’t without risks:

-injury to your mouth’s soft tissues from a hard impact

-head trauma such as a concussion

-tripping and landing on hard surfaces like a basketball court

-breaking, cracking, chipping, or losing a tooth from forceful impact to your mouth

Unfortunately, incidents like these happen all the time in sports. Accidents happen. You can’t predict or prevent them. If you could, they’d be called something else. But you can at least take steps to protect yourself from injury when these kinds of things do happen. Custom-fit athletic mouthguards are the key to protecting your teeth.

How Do Mouthguards Safeguard?

You could easily stop by your local sporting goods store and purchase a mouthguard off the shelf. Oftentimes you’ll find a boil and bite guard that’s relatively cheap. But so is their protection.

-Custom-Fit Is Safer Than Store Bought

What we mean is, with store bought mouthguards, you’re not getting the level of safety that a custom-made guard gives you. Store bought guards are usually poorly fitted and uncomfortable.

A poor fit will mean your mouthguard could shift or slip, thus putting you even more at risk for a dental injury. Think about it… would you ever consider wearing cleats that don’t fit or a football helmet that doesn’t fit? Probably not. Your mouthguard should fit well, just like all other protective sports gear.

Another way our custom mouthguards are safer is because they allow you to breathe easier. Without proper fit, you can’t breathe comfortably. This can cause you to lose stamina too early. During a game, you exert yourself. Why would you want to compromise your ability to breathe?

Also without a proper fit, you can’t communicate with your teammates or your coach because an oversized mouthguard makes speaking difficult. Not being able to breathe or communicate can both threaten your athletic performance.

-Better Protection Is Better On Your Bank Account

Buying the inexpensive guards found in stores might save you money in the short term, but that decision could come back to hurt you via thousands of dollars in dental work later. Restorative dentistry can be pretty costly, depending on the extent of the damage to your teeth. It’s definitely more expensive than a professionally made mouthguard!

That’s a financial risk you shouldn’t have to take, especially when you can find affordable, safe, customized mouthguards for people of all ages at Family First Dental & Implant Center.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for your customized mouthguard. It will protect your teeth and feel more comfortable during your next game!

-If It Fits, They Will Wear It

At Family First Dental & Implant Center, we offer Under Armour athletic mouthguards that are custom-made. If a kid doesn’t  like the way his mouthguard feels, it’s going to easily be forgotten, left in the car, a locker, or their gym bag. We all know that a child is much more likely to wear a mouthguard that fits well and feels comfortable. Just the comfort of a professionally made guard reduces your risk of injury.

Don’t wait until a dental injury happens to someone in your family. Protect your teeth, your smile, and your health with a custom athletic mouthguard.

If you’d like to learn more about our athletic mouthguards, give us a call today at 703-297-4353 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.