With the start of the new school year, football and volleyball teams will be preparing for their seasons as well. And it won’t be long until athletes are getting ready for basketball, cheerleading, soccer, and wrestling, too.
All of these are considered high-impact sports, which means anyone participating in these activities should be taking steps to protect their smiles. That means getting custom-fitted athletic mouthguards, like the ones we can make for you at Overmeyer Family Dental.
We’ve discussed the benefits of mouthguards previously in our blogs, but now is a good time to remind yourself why it’s important to wear one.
Mouthguards Aren’t Just For Football
Today, athletic mouthguards are considered a mandatory piece of equipment for football players at all levels of competitions — from youth leagues to the NFL.
And the use of mouthguards has dramatically reduced the number of dental injuries football players experience. Yet, few other sports have made mouthguards an essential piece of gear.
High-impact sports include contact sports like football and wrestling as well as sports that involve flying objects (volleyball, basketball, and soccer for example), or lots of running, jumping, or changing speeds or directions frequently. Any combination of those factors can affect your joints, including the joints that allow your jaw to move.
A traumatic impact can damage to your teeth or jaw, but wearing a mouthguard can prevent many of those problems. Experts estimate that mouthguards prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. Imagine how many more could be avoided if more athletes wore mouthguards while competing.
In fact, the American Dental Association has reported that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who do.
Why Should You Get A Custom-Fitted Mouthguard?
We know that you can walk into any sporting goods store and find mouthguards to wear. And these will provide protection against injuries. We also would agree that it’s better to wear one of these mouthguards than to wear nothing at all.
The problems with stock mouthguards and “boil and bite” mouthguards is that they tend to be bulky. This can make them uncomfortable to wear, and they can interfere with your ability to breathe or to talk to your teammates.
That could explain why many athletes don’t wear them.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we create mouthguards as part of our family dentistry. These kinds of mouthguards are recommended by the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry because they provide the best protection for your smile.
Our mouthguards start with an impression of your teeth. This is used to make a mold, which helps to design a mouthguard that is perfectly fitted for you. As a result, our mouthguards are smaller than the ones you will get in the store. This makes them more comfortable and allows you to breathe and speak more naturally while wearing one.
An athletic mouthguard isn’t going to stop you from getting hit with a ball or an elbow, but it might make the difference in you having a dental emergency or a reason to smile when the game is over.
Save Your Smile
How much is your smile or your child’s smile worth to you? You wouldn’t transport something breakable without protecting it in some way, so why would you play any game where oral injuries are a possible risk without wearing a mouthguard?
We can provide emergency dental care, but we would much rather help you save your smile by preventing the dental emergency from happening.