Sport Mouthguards

It’s an all-too-common scene: You’re enjoying your favorite sport when a totally unexpected event causes an accident and one or two of your front teeth are knocked out. We need those teeth to speak clearly, take bites of food, and greet people with a smile. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

Sports mouthguards proven to protect

Dental injuries are among the most common sports injuries. Studies have shown that athletes not wearing mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer mouth injuries. Football is the exception: the required use of mouthguards in high school and college prevents over 200,000 injuries each year, according to the American Dental Association. Mouthguards reduce the risk of mouth, face and jaw injuries, as well as chipping, breaking and knocking out teeth.

Types of sports mouthguards

The basic types of mouthguards include:

  • Stock. Sold in stores, these preformed guards may not fit well, reducing their effectiveness.
  • Boil and bite. Also sold in stores, these fit a little better by boiling and then inserting in the mouth while soft to form more closely to the shape of your mouth.
  • Custom-fitted. Mouthguards that are custom-made to perfectly fit your mouth are the most expensive but offer the best protection. A proper fitting mouthguard also protects the jaw joint and neck by absorbing some of the impact, and it may reduce the chance of a sports-related concussion.

Mouthguards for braces and dental bridges

If you wear braces or have fixed bridge work, just one accident could cause numerous injuries and unexpected costs. Not only may the appliances be damaged, but the impact can cause them to injure your lips, gums, cheeks and soft tissue. A properly fitted mouthguard can protect your dental work and braces, and help you avoid the costlier accident repairs and injuries incurred without a mouthguard.

Sports injuries can lead to long and potentially expensive restorative treatments to return the teeth and mouth to their normal function and appearance. Let Gallery Dental Arts in Beverly Hills help you determine the best sports mouthguard option for your budget and needs to protect your face and preserve your natural teeth and smile.

We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Beverly Hills’ premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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