Whether you’re playing yourself or cheering on your child from the sidelines, nothing stops a game faster than a broken or knocked out tooth. Dental injuries are extremely common at all levels of sports, and impacts that happen in the blink of an eye can easily lead to several negative consequences for both a person’s appearance and oral health. Fortunately, mouthguards in Lakeville can provide the protection people need while going for sporting glory, and at Southeastern Dental Care, patients can get one made just for them that provides a better fit and protection than anything they’ll find on store shelves or online.
The main reason athletes should wear mouthguards is obvious: to keep their teeth safe from unexpected collisions. Safety equipment is ubiquitous in pretty much every sport, but it’s often the teeth and mouth that are forgotten amongst all the helmets and shin guards.
However, it’s important to know that mouthguards do much more than just protect the smile. They also help shield the lips, gums, and jaws as well, providing an extra layer of cushion that can mean the difference between a small accident and a trip to the emergency dentist. Research has also specifically shown that wearing a custom-made mouthguard dramatically lowers the risk for sports-related concussions. Basically, they prevent the shockwave of an impact from radiating throughout the head and affecting the brain, protecting a patient from a myriad of short and long-term consequences.
At Southeastern Dental Care, we’re happy to provide custom-made mouthguards for patients of all ages. But, you can literally pick up a mouthguard off the shelf at a sporting goods store or get one in seconds online, so why go through the trouble of visiting a dentist?
The truth of the matter is that a generic guard usually causes more problems than it solves. They are made to fit a wide range of people, so for many, they are extremely uncomfortable, making it more difficult to speak or even breathe. Try keeping your eye on the ball then!
On the other hand, our guards are made using a dental impression of each patient’s unique teeth in order to not only guarantee the perfect fit, but complete protection as well. By taking into account all the unique contours of a patient’s teeth, we can provide extra padding right where they need it. Our guards are usually smaller as well, allowing for unhampered breathing and speaking. For us, our goal is for an athlete to completely forget they are wearing one of our guards until they save someone’s smile.
Whether for yourself or your child, keeping the teeth protected on the field, mat, or court is extremely important, plus it can easily save you from a large, unexpected dental bill! Getting a 100% custom-made guard only takes 2 appointments here at Southeastern Dental Care. We take an impression at the first one, and then a patient returns about a week later to pick up their guard. It’s just that easy, and it’s certainly worth the peace of mind.
To learn more about having your own mouthguard created and schedule an appointment, contact us today.