Sports Mouthguards Protect Your Pearly Whites From Injuries
What’s the number one cause of tooth injuries? If you said sports injuries, you’re absolutely right! Though playing sports is lots of fun and excellent exercise, you also run the risk of banging your face on something and chipping or breaking a tooth. Thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid these injuries.
What are sports mouthguards?
Sports mouthguards are an essential piece of protective sports equipment if you want your pearly whites to stay in one piece. In fact, athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are a whopping 60 times more likely to break a tooth!
There are different types of mouthguards. You can buy pre-made ones at any sporting goods store. There are also “custom” options from the store that involve boiling a piece of plastic to warm it and then biting into it to form it to your teeth.
However, the most comfortable option that will provide the most protection is always a customized mouthguard fashioned by your dentist. To create the mouthguard, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and create a model over which they will form the mouthguard. This ensures a perfect fit.
Benefits of custom mouthguards
Despite the overwhelmingly positive impact of wearing a mouthguard, many people don’t for the simple reason that they are uncomfortable. However, a custom mouthguard made by a dentist is much more comfortable to wear.
Furthermore, the custom fit softly encases each tooth and provides better protection in case of an impact.