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Protect Your Smile: The Importance of Wearing Sports Mouthguards

March 25, 2024

In the world of sports, everyone – from professional athletes to weekend warriors – understands the importance of wearing protective gear. While helmets and padding remain essential, adding a custom-fit sports mouthguard can go an even longer way in safeguarding your smile.

The Growing Need for Mouthguards

Participation in organized and recreational sports is on the rise. With this surge comes an increase in the number of sports-related injuries, including injuries to the teeth, jaws, and surrounding tissues. According to recent estimates from the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports-related injuries are maxillofacial injuries.

The good news? Wearing an appropriate sports mouthguard can significantly reduce the risk of oral injury. In fact, it's estimated that mouthguards prevent close to 200,000 oral injuries each year. By wearing a well-fitted mouthguard, you minimize the chances a blow to the face will result in broken teeth and accompanying injuries.

Why You Need a Mouthguard

Sports mouthguards are essential for many recreational activities and sports. They're especially crucial for athletes in contact sports like football, rugby, hockey, boxing, martial arts, etc. However, they can also benefit those participating in sole athletic endeavors where there's a high risk of falling or getting hit with an object. Besides contact sports, the American Dental Association recommends skateboarders, skiers, gymnasts, shot-putters, skydivers, surfers, and weightlifters also wear mouthguards.

Choosing the Right Mouthguard

Today, various types of sports mouthguards are available. While store-bought options offer some protection, the highest level of protection can be found in a custom-made mouthguard from our office. These individually crafted guards fit precisely and provide optimal protection, allowing for easy breathing and speaking.

Our Commitment to Your Smile

At , we value your trust and investment in protecting your smile. For more information on sports mouthguards and how we can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, call us today.

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