Do you or your child play contact sports? People who play sports like lacrosse, soccer, basketball, or football need to protect their teeth with a mouthguard.
The American Dental Association estimates that sports mouthguards can prevent over 200,000 injuries. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out due to sports. Reduce the chance of sports injuries and chipped or cracked teeth by wearing a mouthguard. Custom-fit sports mouthguards are a general dentistry option provided by Dr. Paul Cavanaugh in his Colorado Springs, CO dental office. Learn more about what a well-fitting mouthguard can do for you below:
Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
Patients who wear a mouthguard when they play sports find multiple benefits. Mouthguards:
- Minimize the risk of bruising and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth
- Reduce the chance of contact sports-related concussions
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Allow the wearer to speak clearly
- Reduce stress on the neck
- Help minimize the risk of chipped and damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of knocked out teeth
Custom-fit professional mouthguards prevent patients from replacing missing teeth or treating chipped and cracked teeth with dental crowns or tooth bonding. A preventative measure like a mouthguard saves money in the long run and can even reduce the chance of injury or concussion. Over-the-counter mouthguards that are not custom-fit can easily fall out and may interfere with breathing and speaking during sports. These options also may not be as comfortable as custom professional mouthguards.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard
Dr. Cavanaugh will create a mold of teeth to fabricate a mouthguard that conforms to the mouth. A customized, comfortable fit leads to improved endurance on the field without the need for jaw clenching to keep the mouthguard in place. Mouthguards should be cleaned regularly with antibacterial solution and thoroughly cleaned once a month to keep it fresh and fight bacteria.
Contact Our Office
Do you need a mouthguard for you or your child to wear during contact sports? Call our Colorado Springs dental team for comfortable and comprehensive care at 719-204-1602. You may also schedule an appointment on our website.