Athletes train hard to maintain their fitness and get better at their sport, day in and day out. During their rigorous training sessions, suffering an injury to the mouth is a common possibility, which can damage the teeth and the gums. Mouthguards help athletes in this regard by protecting their teeth and soft tissues of the mouth from injury.
We, at Sheffield Dental, offer the best quality mouthguards that are customized according to the patients’ specific needs. Even the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends athletes wear one while participating in tough sports such as football, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, volleyball, etc.
Why should you get a customized mouthguard?
Well, you may be wondering why you should buy a custom-fabricated mouthguard when so many ‘one size fits all’ mouthguards are readily available. Such guards are usually ill-fitting (though it says otherwise), and the athlete wouldn’t feel entirely comfortable wearing it. With continuous use, it may also cause the teeth to move from their positions in the jawbone slightly. Also, it tends to slip out easily and fall off while playing.
On the other hand, customized mouth guards are so precisely fabricated that they offer perfect fit and comfort. Since they are made from dental-grade plastic, they do not change shape over consistent use. Also, they are known to reduce the chances of concussions in younger athletes significantly. With all these benefits stated, the need for a custom-fabricated mouthguard is more apparent than ever.
What are the advantages of a mouthguard?
- It protects the soft tissues of the mouth from external injury.
- It offers a perfect fit, and the user can wear it comfortably.
- It doesn’t apply stress on the temporomandibular joint and protects it during impact.
- It uniformly distributes the forces to all the teeth when the athlete receives a hard blow to the mouth. This way, it prevents severe injury to the teeth.
Use and care
Before wearing the mouthguard, make sure you don’t have any food particles stuck between your teeth. This could make it very uncomfortable during use. Also, don’t chew on the guard as it could alter its shape. After use, take it off, rinse it with water, and gently brush it using a toothbrush and toothpaste. With proper care, your minimal investment mouthguard would last a long time, providing you with the protection you require.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (773) 880-2310 to have a consultation with Dr. Eliot and will be happy to help.