The American Dental Association found that more than 200,000 injuries to the mouth are prevented every year because of mouth guard protection. You can protect your hard-earned smile with by wearing a mouth guard during contact sports or other athletic activities. An athletic mouth guard shields your smile from injury by covering and cushioning the upper teeth and gums, preventing harm to your jaws and lips as well.
Which sports can a mouthguard help?
The American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for the following activities: Acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, wrestling, weightlifting, volleyball, and water polo.
What does a mouth guard do for me?
An athletic mouth guard protects against fracturing or breaking teeth, knocking out or displacing teeth, biting lips and cheeks and protecting against jaw fractures.
Reasons people don’t wear their mouth guard
- It feels uncomfortable
- It makes breathing uncomfortable
- It interferes with speech
- Peer pressure
- The sport doesn’t require it, even though trauma can occur
Reasons to wear a mouth guard:
- Protects the jaw joints against trauma/injury
- Prevents injury to your neck and jaw
- Protects the teeth against impact from force
- Protects the soft tissues in the mouth from injury/trauma
Where do I get a mouth guard?
You can find a basic stock mouth guard in most sporting goods stores, along with boil and bite mouth guards which mold the plastic to your teeth. However, your most comfortable, best-fitting mouth guard which also eliminates discomfort, speech impairment and breathing complaints common with store-bought mouth guards comes from our custom-made athletic mouth guards.
At Edford L. Clark, DMD in Prestonburg, Kentucky, Dr. Edford Clark and our team have been helping people protect their smiles with athletic mouth guards for many years. If you would like a high-quality custom-fitted mouth guard to take extra care of your smile this year, please call 606-886-4260 today!