If you play in sports of any kind, contact or non-contact, you need a custom-made mouthguard. Athletes have a 33 to 56 percent chance of receiving an injury to the mouth or face (orofacial injury) during their playing career. And with player safety as important as ever, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend professionally and custom-made mouthguards for all contact and collision sports.
Why You Need a Custom-Made Mouthguard
Custom-made mouthguards are just as much a part of sports uniforms as jerseys, helmets and proper footwear, or at least they should be. You owe it to yourself or your child to make custom-made mouthguards a top priority. When players wear custom-made mouthguards, they are protected when they take a hit to the mouth or jaw. The facts explain why:
- The National Youth Sports Foundation stated that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
- Over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year. The lifetime cost to replace one tooth is approximately $20,000. Getting a flying elbow to your mouth is never a pleasant experience, but a $20,000 bill for one tooth replacement is even worse!
- Custom-made mouthguards are designed to match the exact structure of an individual’s mouth.
- They are the most comfortable and best-fitting mouthguards.
- Custom mouthguards outlast boil-and-bite guards 5-to-1.
- They allow athletes to breathe and speak while wearing their mouthguards.
- Custom-made mouthguards are designed for optimal oxygen flow.
Even players with braces can wear custom-made mouthguards.
Protect Your Face from Orofacial Injuries
To prevent orofacial injuries from occurring, you must understand the following about custom-made mouthguards:
- Not all mouthguards are made the same.
Different sports require different types of mouthguards with different thicknesses.
- To get the most protection out of a mouthguard, it must fit perfectly.
Everyone’s mouth is different. Mouthguards must fit tightly enough to stay firmly on the upper teeth with no biting or clenching from the lower jaw.
- Breathing and speaking should be easy to do while wearing a custom-made mouthguard.
If a player’s mouthguard interferes with speaking or breathing, their mouthguard doesn’t fit correctly, and it is uncomfortable to wear.
A mouthguard is an investment. A punch, kick, tackle, puck, or ball moving at warp speed, are all valid reasons why you should be protecting those pearly whites of yours. Boil-and-bite mouthguards do not protect teeth. A custom-made mouthguard is the best option for optimal protection. If you really want to protect your smile or your child’s smile, invest in a custom-made mouthguard. Call Davis Dental at (307) 634-3488 and invest in the best protection of your teeth today.