September 14, 2017
If you or your child enjoy contact sports or other activities that have a high risk of dental injuries, call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182 to schedule a fitting for a custom athletic mouthguard!
At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, our dentists and family-friendly team of dental professionals help patients of all ages improve and maintain their smiles with an array of general dentistry services and more. By protecting your teeth or those of your child, you can avoid a variety of potential dental injuries, such as:
- Knocked out teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked or otherwise broken teeth
- Trauma caused by a forceful impact
- Cuts or other injuries to your lips or the inside of your cheeks
Use A Custom Athletic Mouthguard Just In Case
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimated in 2011 that over three million teeth are lost each year during youth sporting events. And that doesn’t even include teeth lost by adults during recreational activities!
By using a custom athletic mouthguard, you could avoid pain, dental injury, and even a serious dental emergency. Some activities like football, hockey, boxing, and other contact sports require athletic mouthguards, but there are many other types of pastimes that are not as heavily associated with mouthguards as they probably should be. If you or your child enjoy any of the following activities or similar ones, you should consider an athletic mouthguard:
- Mountain biking
- Skiing (whether on snow or the water)
- Extreme sports, like skateboarding
- White water rafting or kayaking
You may be wondering why you should go to the dentist for a custom athletic mouthguard when you could get a mouthguard at the same sporting goods store where you pick up your other athletic equipment. To put it simply, custom athletic mouthguards perform better and are more comfortable because they are made using precise impressions and utilize tough, high-grade materials.
If you’ve ever used a boil-and-bite athletic mouthguard, there’s a good chance that you have worn holes in them over time by grinding your teeth or even almost immediately if you bit down hard enough while forming the mouthguard to your mouth.
One-size-fits-all athletic mouthguards have their fair share of problems as well. Take a second to think about it. If each person’s mouth is unique enough to be used to identify a person in the same way that a set of fingerprints can, how can you expect one mass-produced athletic mouthguard to properly serve so many different shapes of teeth and mouths?
When you think about how important your teeth are and how easy it would be to cause serious damage to them, it should be a no-brainer to invest in a custom athletic mouthguard instead of a store-bought option.
Care For Your Athletic Mouthguard So It Will Last
Over time, your custom athletic mouthguard will need to replaced. Of course, they’ll need to be replaced more frequently with children because their mouths are continuing to grow and change. But with proper care, a custom athletic mouthguard can last for quite a while.
If you have a custom athletic mouthguard, follow these steps to keep it and your smile clean:
- Before and after using your athletic mouthguard, rinse it off with warm water and brush your teeth if possible
- If your athletic mouthguard is dirty, clean it gently with soap and warm water
- Store your athletic mouthguard in a ventilated plastic case to keep it safe and free from moisture
- Always make sure your athletic mouthguard is dry before storing it
- Make sure you examine your athletic mouthguard to check for holes or other forms of damage, especially if you grind your teeth
As you probably know, when you visit us for your routine dental cleanings and exams, we will thoroughly clean your mouth and check for any problems you may have. But also, we can take a look at your athletic mouthguard, check to see it’s doing its job properly, and replace it if necessary.
Regardless of why you are visiting our dental office, we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable. Our caring team will greet you with warm smiles and listen to your particular concerns and smile goals so we can provide the best experience possible.
Get back in the game with a custom athletic mouthguard from Community Shores Dental! Call 231-366-4182, swing by our conveniently located Norton Shores, MI dentist office, or use our online form to schedule your fitting or ask a friendly team member questions.