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Maintaining strong, healthy teeth is always important. Sometimes that might seem difficult, however, especially when you are playing your favorite sport and don’t think about wearing a mouthguard. Indulging in your favorite activity can be a lot of fun, but certain injuries could see you sitting it out for the rest of the season. This is why you should invest in a quality sporting mouthguard whether it is required by the game organizers or not. A well-fitted mouthguard can protect you from tooth fractures and jaw dislocations, among other injuries. If you’d like to play without worrying about major dental injuries, consider visiting our office at Henricksen Family Dental for information about customized mouthguards.
One of the main reasons people avoid wearing a sporting mouthguard is because they believe it is uncomfortable and they will not be at ease while playing the game. While this is often true with over-the-counter mouthguards, it is not the case with mouthguards that are customized to suit your specific mouth. Our professionals recommend investing in customized mouthguards to protect your mouth from injury without feeling uncomfortable even if the game takes a few hours to end.
Prevents Severe Damage
There are a few major benefits of wearing a quality, customized sporting mouthguard. First, it helps prevent severe damage. The injuries caused by a significant impact to your jaw can be severe, and it's possible to seriously damage your tongue by biting down during such an impact, too. Much like spending careful time and consideration selecting a helmet, a mouthguard is a vital piece of sporting equipment designed to keep your mouth, jaw, and teeth safe while you play.
How does a mouthguard work?
When you are fitted for a mouthguard by a professional, you will receive something that has been molded to fit the specific angles and corners of your mouth, teeth, and jaw. The mouthguard slides in place between your teeth and should comfortably rest inside your mouth. The goal is not to pry your mouth open but rather to provide enough cushion that should your teeth be forced together by a large impact, they won’t hit each other directly. Instead, the mouthguard will take the blow and lessen the severity, hopefully avoiding serious injury and cracked teeth - or worse - in the process.
Do I need a mouthguard?
Some sports require mouthguards, but many do not. If you are playing any kind of contact sport, you should use a mouthguard regardless of the official rules and regulations. Any impact could seriously harm your teeth and jaw, and it is not uncommon for arms to flail around a bit during tense or busy moments of a game of almost any kind.
Don’t skip a mouthguard and assume everything will be fine. Chances are good that you will regret the decision to play without one, and it only takes a quick appointment to receive a customized option tailored to your needs. Feel free to call us at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office atHenricksen Family Dental for more information.