If you’ve ever played competitive sports, you’ve probably sustained an injury at some point in your life. This can make it extremely difficult to watch your child play sports, whether they’re competing in a contact sport such as football or a non-contact sport like volleyball. One of the most common injuries in sports occur to someone’s teeth. It’s extremely easy to break a tooth or lose a tooth during a sporting competition.
At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we’re proud to offer customized mouthguards for athletic competitions of all sorts. Customized mouthguards are in important tool to prevent injuries to your mouth and teeth. We can fit you for a customized mouthguard right here in our comfortable and modern office. We can produce mouthguards appreciate for all sports, from football to track.
In today’s post of our dental health blog we’re going to discuss some of the benefits of wearing a customized mouthguard. In addition to providing increased protection for your teeth, customized mouthguards have many other benefits to offer. We’ll look at how customized mouthguards can reduce your chance of injury, allow for easier breathing, and more effective communication.
Contrary to popular belief, customized mouthguards are appropriate for all sports – not just contact sports. Take a routine activity like weight lifting; you may not realize it but many many people tend to grind their teeth when they lift. This can damage both your teeth and gums. A customized mouthguard can prevent this from occurring, and has also been shown in university studies to increase the maximum amount of weight you can lift.
Take another seemingly non-contact sport like volleyball. It’s not hard to imagine one mistimed volleyball spike hitting your child in the face. That can obviously cause injury. Not all all sports mouthguards are created alike; for instance a volleyball player doesn’t require a mouthguard as thick as a football player. With customized mouthguards, we can produce mouthguards that are thinner and more comfortable than store-bought mouthguards.
We are also strong proponents of customized mouthguard use for sporting competition due to their ability to lower your risk of injury. Customized mouthguards have been shown to reduce your risk for a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. Recent studies have shown that athletes wearing a customized mouthguard are around half as likely to suffer from a concussion than those wearing an over-the-counter mouthguard.
If you’re using a store-bought mouthguard, is it is likely produced out of a thick plastic material. This can hinder safe breathing techniques. Even worse, store-bought mouthguards also tend to be far less flexible than customized mouthguards. This can leave you with less protection for your teeth, and a poor-fit.
Because customized mouthguards are thinner and fit better, it’s easier to breathe. This can have a huge impact on your performance. Consider an endurance sport like running or weightlifting, effective breathing is vital to performing well. Customized mouthguards are specially designed not to impede your breathing.
It can also be more difficult to communicate when you’re wearing a store-bought mouthguard. Think of how hard it is to speak with a thick block of plastic in your mouth! Communication is key to effective performance in sports. The more natural fit of a customized mouthguards makes it easier to speak with your teammates and be understand when you speak.
Perhaps most importantly, customized mouthguards are simply more comfortable. That makes you more likely to remember to wear them. If you’re going to invest any money in a mouthguard, shouldn’t you invest that money in a product you or your child will actually use?
Make an Appointment
Are you interested in being fitted for a customized mouthguard? Then schedule an appointment at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX. You can reach our office at 972-380-8105.