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Mouth Guards: Essential But Overlooked Athletic Equipment

There’s quite a bit of specialized protective equipment that athletes are required to wear in order to participate safely in their sporting activities. Helmets, knee guards, shoulder and elbow pads, wrist protectors, and gloves are standard equipment to engage in a variety of athletic endeavors.

But, what about protecting your teeth, those irreplaceable pieces of original equipment that allow us to speak and eat comfortably, not to mention the effect they have on our appearance? The orthodontic specialist at Orthodontics, Inc. cautions players in all sports, and of all ages and levels of ability, to make wearing a mouth guard an essential piece of their athletic gear. Studies have indicated that athletes who don’t wear a mouthguard are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to their teeth.

For anyone who wears braces, a mouth guard is especially important. Besides forming a barrier between the cheeks and lips, it protects the brackets and other orthodontic appliances from being damaged by a blow to the face. And although mouth guards usually cover the upper teeth, we may recommend wearing a mouth protector for the lower teeth as well for those with braces.

And, like other pieces of equipment, the mouth guard must have the proper fit to be effective. Although there are numerous mouth guards on the shelves of your local drug store or sporting goods retailer, the best and safest alternative is a custom-made model fitted by our orthodontist. Saving money on a less-expensive generic mouth guard can be costly in the long run if it doesn’t protect those pearly whites. Although mouth guards are often associated with contact sports like boxing, football and hockey, don’t forget that a dental injury can happen in activities like rollerblading, skateboarding, ice skating, skiing, or gymnastics.

Our friendly orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. is all about creating — and protecting — your beautiful smile. For more information on mouth guards or other concerns related to your oral health, please contact us today!

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