Are you an athlete? Does your child play baseball or soccer? Perhaps you’ve heard about how important it is to wear a mouthguard during active or contact sports, but did you know that it could do more than just potentially save your smile? Custom fitted mouth guards have long been used to protect against broken and chipped teeth but most people are completely shocked to hear what else a custom guard protects against: concussions.
That’s right! A properly fitted, professionally made mouthguard can prevent concussions from happening during a sporting related accident. How? Because the thick acrylic of the guard prevents the mandible from impacting itself into the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) during a traumatic injury. In turn, this also prevents the skull from absorbing any excess shock from forces caused by the mandible being jolted back.
A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place comfortably whether you are talking, rehydrating or actively moving around. It should not pop in and out of place when opening or closing your mouth. Your dentist can create a customized guard as easily as taking an impression of your mouth. Made of smooth, comfortable acrylic – the guard doesn’t become distracting from the focus you need on the game.
Not all mouthguards are created the same. A custom designed guard will fit in place securely, preventing it from coming out during an accident or injury and also protecting from subsequent trauma. Over the counter guards can’t do that, and most people find them too uncomfortable to even keep in during their entire activity. If you are serious about having a safer athletic experience, talk to your dentist today about having a custom guard made.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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