The new school year has arrived, and the fall sports season will be here shortly.
Football teams will suit up. Soccer and volleyball teams will take to the field and the court, respectively.
And winter sports won’t be far behind, which means basketball and wrestling will be here before you know it.
No matter what sport you play, our team at Highlands Ranch Smiles wishes you good luck in the upcoming season. We also hope for an injury-free season for everyone, and we would like to help with that where we can.
It’s never too late to schedule an appointment with our dentists to get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard for the current or coming season. We consider this a part of our family and preventive dentistry.
Who Should Wear A Mouthguard?
Any athlete who plays a high impact sport should protect his or her mouth with a mouthguard, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
What is considered a high-impact sport? This includes any sport in which the participants put a lot of impact on weight-bearing joints or sports that involve a lot of contact. To put it another way, any sports in which athletes run and change directions frequently, sports that involve a lot of jumping, and sports that include contact with other participants or sporting equipment.
This includes football, soccer, and volleyball, but it also includes lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, and cheerleading.
Why Should You Get A Custom-Fitted Mouthguard?
We could say because that is what the AAPD and the ADA recommend, but that doesn’t tell you why they recommend custom-fitted mouthguards.
To explain it better, let’s compare custom-fitted mouthguards to your other options.
A stock mouthguard is not form fitted to your mouth. This kind of mouthguard is better than no protection at all, but there is no guarantee that it will fit comfortably in your mouth.
Boil-and-bite mouthguard can be found in many sporting goods stores. These are a step up from stock mouthguards. They can be molded to a degree to better fit around your teeth.
At the same time, these mouthguards are frequently bulky. This can interfere with breathing, and it can make it difficult to communicate with your teammates on the court or field.
Custom-fitted mouthguards, like the ones we can make at Highlands Ranch Smile, are designed from a mold to fit your teeth and your teeth alone. The materials used to make these mouthguards are more durable than what is used on store-bought mouthguards, too.
Since each of our mouthguards is custom-designed, they are smaller than boil-and-bite brands. The compact size makes these mouthguards more comfortable and less likely to interfere with breathing or talking to your teammates.
Aren’t Custom-Fitted Mouthguards More Expensive?
Yes, they are if you are comparing them to store-bought mouthguards.
If you compare them to the potential cost of teeth replacements or repairs, then they may save you in the long run.
No mouthguard can prevent every possible injury, but wearing one could be the difference between losing a tooth and have a sore lip.
Always remember to play safe. Mouthguards aren’t going to stop an accident from happening, but they can minimize how serious your oral injuries could be.
How Should You Care For Your Mouthguard?
This is an important question and one that we hope you will take seriously.
You should check your mouthguard each time you are getting to wear it (practices and games). If you see signs of wear, then you should replace it.
Rinse it will cool water before and after each wear. From time to time, clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
When it’s not being used, keep your mouthguard in a sturdy container. This container should have holes to allow air to circulate through it.
There’s also a few things you should NOT do with your mouthguard.
Do NOT store it in a hot location or near things that are hot. This can cause the mouthguard to melt, which can change its shape and fit.
Also, do NOT chew or bite on your mouthguard. This can cause tears and breaks in the mouthguards. This can weaken your mouthguard so it won’t be as effective as it needs to be.
Keep Your Guard Up!
When you visit our dentist office in Highlands Ranch, CO, we want you to have all your teeth. By wearing an athletic mouthguard, you are taking the right steps to protect your mouth.
We can design a mouthguard that fits your mouth and fits you too. Be sure to ask about our different colors and styles.