Staying active is important no matter how old you are. Kids need to burn off all that energy, and adults need to keep in shape. And we all enjoy making friends and winning! But sports always carry a certain amount of risk, which is why many require knee pads, helmets, and similar protective gear. At our Leesburg, VA dentist office, we offer Under Armour athletic mouthguards to help protect your smile.
When you wear a helmet, the combination of the soft padding underneath and the hard casing on the top helps lessen the pressure from a violent impact. It doesn’t just stop something from hitting your skull; it helps disperse the force from an impact so it doesn’t all pound the same spot on your head, which can crack your skull and damage your brain.
The same is true for athletic mouthguards. Sure, they help protect your teeth if something hard comes right at them, like a hockey puck or the hardwood floor of a basketball court. But they also help when a jarring hit would slam your jaw shut, pounding your teeth together. The padding and shape of the mouthguards we offer at our Leesburg, VA dental office diverts pressure and keeps your teeth more protected against injuries.
In general, anyone playing a contact sport such as football or hockey would need an athletic mouthguard. Normally, the school or league in charge of the activity will tell you if athletic mouthguards are either recommended or mandatory. But mouthguards can be useful in other sports like basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and more, because even a relaxed sport can cause a bad fall. Biking isn’t necessarily a sport, but we recommend mouthguards for that as well.
If you’ve ever used a store-bought mouthguard, you might have noticed how it doesn’t fit very well. That’s because it’s generally one-size-fits-all, which means it doesn’t fit anyone properly. At our Leesburg dental office, we use Under Armour Performance MouthwearTM custom mouthguards. We make sure they are measured to fit your teeth in particular. This way, not only will they be comfortable to wear, but they also won’t slide around and can therefore keep better care of your teeth.
A custom Under Armour mouthguard needs a little care to make sure it’s doing its best to protect your teeth. Use a toothbrush and water to keep the mouthguard clean after every use, and occasionally use some soap and water. Make sure you let your mouthguard air dry completely. Never chew on your mouthguard, and replace it if it gets worn or torn.
If you or someone in your family is playing sports, you should really use one of our Under Armour athletic mouthguards. For more information on how mouthguards can protect your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today at 703-297-4353 or use our convenient online form.