Contact sports are invigorating to watch and play, but they can come at a price for the players. Teeth and mouth injuries can occur in sports after sudden and strong impact with another player, a piece of equipment or the playing field itself. It is not just team sports like football that need mouth protection; lacrosse, basketball, baseball and even skateboarding can lead to oral injuries. At Gainesville Dental Group, we help our active patients protect their teeth with customized athletic mouth guards.
Types of Mouth Injuries During Sports
Impact to the mouth or jaw can easily become a dental emergency. A high-velocity impact at the right angle can break or crack a tooth, or even jar it loose. Even with a helmet, if the head hits the ground or is hit by another player, a tooth could be broken or the tongue could be cut from biting down. Mouth guards protect their teeth by adding support and insulation to their bite during impacts. The latest research even shows that properly fit mouthguards can also help prevent youth concussions!
Custom Sports Mouth Guards for Ultimate Protection
How well your athletic mouth guard works is directly based on how well it is made. There are plenty of inexpensive options that you can buy from a drug store or sporting goods store that allow a DIY formation and fit. Unfortunately, these fall short in comfort and effectiveness compared to a mouth guard made by your dentist. Our dental team can make a custom sports mouth guard that is made for a unique set of teeth and gums, giving you or your child the best protection against sudden impact and unwanted dental injuries.
Yes, it is true that a mouth guard from you dentist is pricier than one you’d buy at the store. However, it is worth the investment considering that the cost for fixing broken teeth and other sports-related mouth injuries will undoubtedly be much higher than the price tag of a quality custom mouth guard. After all, sports are designed to be played for fun – don’t take away your child’s pretty smile during play!
Are you confident in your child’s mouth guard this season? Let us give them the dental protection they need to compete without injury setbacks.
Posted on Behalf of Gainesville Dental Group