You already know it’s important to protect your teeth when you play sports, but do you know why it’s better to invest in a professionally fitted guard made by your dentist? There are several significant reasons why a custom fitted mouth guard is more effective than an over the counter guard, and could mean the difference when it comes to saving your smile.
They can help prevent concussions.
The unique fabrication and design of a professional mouth guard made by a dentist can help prevent concussions during an athletic related accident. That’s right, not only do they protect your teeth, they also protect the rest of you! That’s because their design prevents the jawbone from being able to force itself further into the skull if an accident occurs.
They won’t come out during an accident, preventing secondary trauma.
A loosely fitted stock guard can fall out during a punch or hit, and when the athlete falls to the ground or has a secondary trauma just a fraction of a second later, they can still suffer from damage. The secure fit of a custom guard will keep it in place until you physically remove it on purpose.
They’re more comfortable to wear (and you’ll keep them in the whole time.)
How many times have you seen athletes taking out their guards because they’re too bulky to talk with, drink water, or they’re just annoying to wear? A professionally fitted guard is securely molded to the teeth, making it easier to breathe, rehydrate, and even talk to your teammates without ever having to take it out.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
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