You probably know that brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are the cornerstones of good oral health. These simple steps, along with healthy habits such as good nutrition and drinking plenty of water, can help your teeth stay healthy and beautiful, possibly for life. However, cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to your pearly whites. In fact, you could have the healthiest teeth in the world, and still lose them in the blink of an eye. How? Over five million teeth are knocked out every year, often from sports-related injuries.
Stay on guard
A knock-out may sound great if you’re a boxer talking about the opponent, but it’s not so great when we are talking about your teeth, no matter what sport you play. The good news is that these injuries are often preventable. According to the ADA, a person is 60 times less likely to incur oral injury when wearing a mouth guard.
What you need to know
You will find ready-to-go mouth guards in most sporting goods stores. However, mouths aren’t manufactured on an assembly line. Everyone is different, and a generic design is unlikely to fit anyone perfectly. Boil-and-bite trays offer a bit more customization, but they still don’t compare to a mouth guard designed by your dentist. Don’t worry; the process is simple and comfortable. We’ll take an impression of your teeth, and use it to design a mouth guard that fits, for the best protection and greatest comfort.
Who needs to wear mouth guards?
Some people think mouth guards are just for kids or professional athletes. You don’t need safety gear for a friendly game of football with your buddies, do you? If you are attached to your teeth, and you want things to stay that way, then mouth guards are for you. After all, your smile looks much better in your mouth than it would on the ground, so guard it well.