Your teeth can last for a lifetime with the right care, which is why you take the time to brush and floss every day. Not to mention, you see your dentist in Texas City at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup to maintain a healthy smile. Although you’re taking the necessary precautions to prevent cavities and gum disease, what are you doing to protect your mouth from injuries? Here’s why you should never head out onto the soccer field or hit the bike trails without an athletic mouthguard.
Mouthguards Prevent Dental Emergencies
Did you know 1 in 6 Americans experience a dental emergency each year? According to the American Dental Association, at least 10-20% of sports-related injuries are maxillofacial. Dental injuries are the most common orofacial issues resulting from participating in a sport. In fact, an athlete is estimated to be 60 times more likely to have a dental problem if they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. You can avoid causing potentially permanent damage to your smile by using an athletic mouthguard.
A mouthguard can help to protect against a variety of dental emergencies, such as:
- Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Jaw injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Benefits of an Athletic Mouthguard
Every time you participate in a sport, there’s an estimated 10% chance of a dental injury each season. You can significantly lower your odds by using an athletic mouthguard. The custom-fit device provides a protective barrier for the teeth, gums, lips, tongue, jaw, and cheeks to reduce the likeliness or severity of an injury. Research shows it can also lessen the potential for a concussion if there’s impact to the head or face.
A mouthguard is an essential piece of protection to ensure your smile lasts forever. By preventing unnecessary injuries, you’ll reduce your overall oral health expenses to save money down the road to ensure it serves you for decades.
Choose Professional Protection
You don’t want to compromise the safety of your smile with a low-quality mouthguard. Although over-the-counter mouthguards are convenient, they don’t offer the same level of protection as those provided by your dentist.
Your dentist creates your mouthguard using an impression. Not only does this provide maximum comfort, but it also gives you the best defense against oral injuries. You can feel confident during the game knowing you’re protected by the best.
Safeguard Your Smile
Whether you ride your bike, play soccer, or skateboard, a mouthguard is crucial. You wouldn’t play football without a helmet, so don’t place your smile at risk. Ask your dentist about an athletic mouthguard during your next visit.
About Dr. John Hackbarth
Dr. John Hackbarth has been practicing dentistry since 1976 after graduating from the University of Texas Dental School of Houston. He is a reputable member of the dental community, named a Top Dentist in the H Texas Magazine. If you or your child needs an athletic mouthguard, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.