Mouthguards (Sports)

Child with a sports mouthguard from River Run Family Dentistry

Physical activity is good for the body, especially when it is as intensive as sports. Playing sports challenges both the mind and body, but unfortunately, it can endanger your teeth. It is a common occurrence for a tooth to get knocked out or fractured during a game/event which is why sports mouth guards are highly encouraged or required to be worn. At River Run Family Dentistry we want the best for our patients and staying protected can save you from both complications and expenses.

How Does A Mouth Guard Work?

A mouth guard is like armor for your teeth in the sense that it protects them from both outside impact and the bottom and upper teeth clashing together. They will essentially take the impact that would have otherwise gone to your teeth – and mouth can definitely take a bigger hit than your teeth can.

They slip on your top teeth and that’s all there is to it essentially–they may be simple, but they are highly effective in what they do. If you are currently playing a sport that involves a loose ball and/or contact, it is important to always wear a mouth guard when playing. Here are a few reasons why you might want to think about it.

Reasons To Wear A Mouth Guard

There are many players that dislike wearing a mouth guard because they feel it is a distraction, the first thing we can say in response to this is that it is crucial to get a custom-made mouth guard. Buying over-the-counter mouth guards will not cater to your specific size and shape of your mouth, this leads to people feeling discomfort and looseness as they are wearing them. When you get a custom mouth guard, it is molded to your shape which results in a snug but comfortable fit.

We will admit that the upfront cost of getting a custom-made mouth guard isn’t what would be called “cheap” but consider this–it is an investment to prevent injuries that can result in costly repairs or replacements. Looking at it as “unofficial insurance” for your teeth might make it more enticing. 

Dental injuries can happen in a blink of an eye and nobody is prepared for when it will happen. One second you are focused on your game and next you suddenly have broken/missing teeth due to an airborne hockey puck. This is why it is a good idea to always be mindful of this and come into a risky sport with adequate protection even if that protection might seem redundant at first. If you heavily play sports or do risky activities, then that is even more of a reason to invest in a custom-fitted mouth guard!

Talk To Us About Getting A Custom Mouth Guard

If you are interested in getting a mouth guard for you or your kids, we are more than happy to help! At River Run Family Dentistry we want everyone to have a mouth that is both healthy and protected. When you come in, we will create a mold of your teeth – this is the custom part of the guard and what enables it to fit perfectly to your teeth. We will work with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the finished product to ensure you leave both happy and protected in your next sporting event! You can call 830-387-3040 to get in contact with our office.