Physical activity provides a lot of benefits to your health, yet it’s good to be aware that it comes with risk to your dental health. Many sports and activities have the potential for injury. This doesn’t mean you need to avoid the activities you love. Instead, wearing an athletic mouthguard provides protection to keep you active.
At Linworth Family Dental, we can fit you for a custom mouthguard that is made perfectly to the specifications of your mouth. This type of professionally made guard offers you comfort and effectiveness to keep your teeth, gums and oral tissue in great condition.
Should I Wear a Mouthguard?
If you play contact sports like football, basketball or hockey, you have a higher risk of an injury to your mouth from the equipment or a person hitting your face. Nonetheless, mouth injury can also happen during a variety of other solo or team physical activities, such as outdoor cycling, baseball or horseback riding. Any activity that can result in a fall or hit means that your mouth is vulnerable.
Covering your teeth with a mouthguard offers a simple solution that may save you a lot of discomfort and money. It does this by helping prevent an injury, which tends to result in pain and the need for dental treatments. Wearing the guard greatly cuts the risk of losing or damaging teeth, or experiencing soft tissue injuries.
Our dentists like mouthguards as an affordable form of preventive dentistry. This easy-to-wear dental appliance can save you from dental problems. The guard protects the teeth from hits and prevents the teeth from cutting into the soft tissue of your mouth. It also protects the alignment of your teeth and the position of your bite.
What Are the Benefits of a Mouthguard From the Dentist?
One option for obtaining a mouthguard is to head to a sporting good store or retail store. These businesses sell over-the-counter mouthguards you can quickly pick up and wear for instant protection. You may want this option if you need mouth protection for an upcoming game or activity.
Nonetheless, these stock mouth protectors are pre formed to one size, so the improper fit may move, feel uncomfortable and offer less than optimal protection. Boil and bite mouthguards are better but still do not offer the same level of customization as a dentist. Our team can provide you with a perfectly fitted guard that gives you ideal comfort and protection.
At our office, we have a digital scanner that allows us to quickly and easily create digital impressions of your mouth without the uncomfortable trays and putty of the past. These impressions include the precise size and shape of your teeth, gums and mouth, which is used to create your custom athletic mouthguard that’s perfectly fitted to your mouth. Your personalized guard works more effectively during physical activities because it stays in place and conforms to your mouth without slipping. The superior fit also makes it extra comfortable to wear.
Ask About a Mouthguard
If you are interested in a mouthguard for yourself or your child, contact our office to make a consultation appointment. Also, our dentists are always here if a physical activity does result in tooth loss or a mouth injury. We can provide restorative dentistry services to bring back your smile and best oral health.
Schedule your mouthguard appointment by calling our office at 614-799-9500.