The Importance of Wearing a Mouthguard

 

It’s important to choose your mouthguard carefully in order to protect those purely whites. That’s why we’ve selected Shock Doctor, who is the leading mouthguard brand in North America. Their continual innovation in performance-driven and protective equipment is very well trusted. According to Shock Doctor, their products are worn by hundreds of professional and college athletes. Their mouthguards feature state of the art multi-layer technology and advanced custom gel fitting, all in lighter weight and lower profile mouthguard designs.

It never hurts to wear a mouthguard no matter the “sport”

“When participating in high-impact, low-impact and even no-impact sports, players are at risk for a variety of dental injuries: lip and cheek lacerations, chipped or broken teeth, tooth root damage, fractured jaws, damaged restorations and even concussions. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics, skating, [skiing, snowboarding and cheer],” MouthHealthy.org.

How a mouthguard protects

“A mouthguard effectively absorbs the force of impact to the mouth area before this force reaches the teeth. Made of a resilient but forgiving material, it usually covers and protects the upper teeth, but it offers protection to the mouth, gums and jaw as well. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), when an object or person strikes the face, or a player falls against a hard surface, his or her mouthguard redistributes the force of the impact, and the energy dissipates without causing significant injury,” Colgate.com. 

Protection drives performance

“Research confirms that confidence in protection can help create a mental state in which an athlete can better focus on game performance, undistracted by a poor fitting, uncomfortable mouthguard that chokes breathing and limits communication with team mates. Performance mouthguards, mouthpieces and mouthwear should become part of your uniform no matter the sport,” ShockDoctor.com.

Play it safe

Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouthguards or facial protection when participating in sports. We know all-too-well that injuries can happen at any age or skill level. We recommend that kids play it safe and consistently wear mouthguards whether it’s required for the sport or not. The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries reports that if an athlete is not wearing a mouthguard, damage to teeth is 60 times more likely. Call today for your mouthguard appointment – (253) 939-2552 or by clicking here. It’s really that easy! Also, ask about mouthguard events for your entire team. We would love to host your team for an event at our office to educate them on the importance of wearing a mouthguard and how to protect their smiles.

Mouthguards for braces

Still in treatment? No problem! Shock Doctor provides Insta-Fit mouthguards that are designed specifically for braces. It is very important to wear a mouthguard while in braces as your risk for oral injury is much higher. “A properly fitted mouthguard is especially important for people who wear braces or any other appliances. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks,” MouthHealthy.org.

If you have a retainer or other removable appliance remove during any contact sports and replace with your mouthguard.

Contact us today for more information on how to get your team scheduled!