Football season may be months away, but there are plenty of reasons for the athletes in your family to wear mouthguards.
Participants in most sports should wear mouthguards, according to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
We are bringing this up today because April is National Facial Protection Month.
That also makes this month a good time to visit our general dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL. Dr. Hugh B. Rosenblatt can help you and your loved ones get custom-fitted mouthguards to provide the best possible protection for your smiles.
To make an appointment, call (561) 877-3802 or contact us online.
To learn more about why you should be wearing a mouthguard, keep reading.
What Are High-Impact Sports?
Football would certainly qualify, as would any sport that includes a lot of physical contact between participants should be played with mouthguards.
Many sports that involve objects traveling at high speeds can be considered high-impact, too. In fact, according to the AAPD, baseball causes more dental injuries than any sport for children between 7 and 12 years old.
And any sports in which athletes change directions often, change speed frequently, or jump often can cause those athletes to inadvertently hit their teeth together.
Baseball, flag football, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball are all examples of high-impact sports that are sanctioned in the spring by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Your son or daughter also could be playing for a youth soccer team, or you may participate in a recreational basketball league with your friends or co-workers.
All of you should be wearing mouthguards to protect your smiles.
Benefits of Wearing A Mouthguard
For sports like football, mouthguards are required because people figured out a long time ago that there was a risk to participation.
That may help explain why other sports like baseball, basketball, and bicycling are more likely to result in dental injuries than sports in which mouthguards are required.
In fact, studies have shown that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to have tooth injuries than athletes who do.
At their most basic level, mouthguards should create a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. They also should cover the upper teeth to put a barrier between those teeth and soft tissues on the inside of your mouth.
This reduces your risk of biting into your lips or inner cheeks. It also reduces the risk of your teeth damaging one another.
Wearing an athletic mouthguard won’t someone from falling, getting hit in the mouth with a ball, or colliding with a teammate or opponent. However, wearing a mouthguard could be the difference between losing or breaking a tooth and just have a sore lip.
And we can assure you that getting an athletic mouthguard is less painful and less expensive than dealing with those dental emergencies.
Why You Should Get A Custom-Fitted Athletic Mouthguard
Just like anything else, the better something fits, the better it will feel. In the world of mouthguards, custom-fitted is as good as it gets.
Stock mouthguards come in standards shapes and sizes. The problem is no two mouths are the same, and that stock mouthguard may or may not feel comfortable in your mouth.
Since stock mouthguards can’t be molded, that less-than-ideal fit could affect how effective they are.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are a step in the right direction. These can be molded to a degree to give a better fit.
Unfortunately, many boil-and-bite mouthguards are also bulky. This can present a different issue. A bulky mouthguard can interfere with your ability to communicate with teammates or coaches. Some people also find these mouthguards interfere with their breathing as well.
By coming to our office, you can get a custom-fitted mouthguard instead. There are made from a mold of your teeth. This allows us to do some important things.
First, this mouthguard will be made especially for your teeth. This will improve your comfort while wearing it.
Second, these mouthguards tend to be smaller than the other kinds. This means they will allow you to communicate and, more importantly, to breathe while wearing one.
Protect Your Smile
We want you and your family to keep smiling for years to come. Getting custom-fitted mouthguards makes that more likely.
Contact Dr. Rosenblatt’s office online or call 561-877-3802 to make your appointment.