Custom sports mouth guards are an important piece of equipment intended to protect your teeth while playing hands-on sports like football, lacrosse, or MMA. It’s easy to remember knee pads, helmets and the right shoes, but don’t forget to protect your teeth as well. After all, there’s grave risk of dental injuries when playing heavy contact sports.
In fact, according to the American Dental Association, athletes who wear a mouth guard while playing sports are 60% less likely to experience teeth injuries compared to players who go without a mouth guard. Not to mention, 34% of sports injuries relate to the face and an estimated 5 million teeth are lost each year by people playing sports.
What does a custom made sports mouth guard offer?
A well-made mouth guard offers protection to your upper teeth, as well as the surrounding gums and tissues. It’s a valuable investment that could prevent an emergency dental visit due to a broken tooth, gum injury, or other oral damages.
Different Types of Mouth Guards for Sports
There are several options when it comes to sports mouthguards, including:
Standard bulk-made mouth guards: Standard mouthguards are a one-size-fits-all option. Since everyone’s mouth is a different shape and size, these guards are often uncomfortable and don’t provide the greatest protection.
“Boil and bite” guards: These guards can be purchased online or in store and are DIY, allowing you to make your own mouth guard at home by boiling the plastic guard and then molding it to fit your mouth. While this is typically a better option than a standard mouthguard, it still fails to offer the same level of comfort or protection as a custom sports mouthguard.
Custom sports mouth guard: This is the most recommended option for sports players at all levels. They are custom made by a dentist to provide the most seamless and comfortable fit, along with the greatest level of protection. They may cost more but sometimes you truly get what you pay for. Custom mouthguards offer the most effective option for preventing injuries while keeping you comfortable, so you can focus on playing your favorite sport.
Benefits to Custom Sport Mouth Guards
Custom sport mouth guards are made at your dentist office to fit the exact size and shape of your mouth. Benefits of this include:
More effective at preventing sports-related injuries
What if You Have Braces?
Braces give you even more reason to protect your teeth while playing sports with a custom made mouthguard. Not only can you damage your braces playing sports, but your braces can play a role in further damaging your mouth. Say for instance you get hit with a ball in the face and your the wires and brackets on your braces dig into your gums—ouch! By talking to your dentist, you can find the best option to protect your mouth and your braces.
How to Care for Your Sports Mouth Guard
To protect your custom sports mouthguard…
Rinse it off using cool or lukewarm water between each use.
Use gentle soap and water to clean your mouthguard on a regular basis.
A toothbrush with a dot of toothpaste can also be helpful to clean it.
Keep your mouthguard safe in a sterile compartment with no moisture to prevent bacteria growth.
Be on the lookout for any signs of wear and tear.
Don’t leave your mouthguard in the sun or soaking in water.
Your Trusted Calgary Dentist
You Can Count on Us for Custom Sports Mouth Guards
Every dental service we offer is customized to the patient, including our custom sports mouth guards. We work with you to find the best solution, taking careful impressions of your mouth, teeth, and gums to make a well-fitted mouthguard. Try it on in-office to ensure your custom made mouth guard offers the perfect fit and protection.
Curious how much a custom sports mouth guard cost? Want to know more about getting one?
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