Learn About The Benefits of Mouthguards With Our Keller Dentist

People who play contact sports know that they’re at risk of concussion and other problems when on the field. These can include a higher likelihood of damaged or lost teeth if they suffer a blow to the mouth or jaw. To protect their smiles, athletes typically wear a mouth guard that provides the mouth and teeth with support and protection.

Why Are Mouthguards So Effective in Protecting Teeth?

There are several reasons for why mouthguards are so effective in protecting your smile: 

  • Provide a buffer between the teeth and soft tissue that prevents lacerations to the cheeks and lips
  • Cushion the teeth from direct impact and prevent teeth from fracturing or being knocked out
  • Prevent upper and lower teeth from clashing mouths the result of a blow to the jaw
  • Provides cushioning support to the jaw that can help prevent fractures and other jaw damage

All these reasons help athletes avoid costly and painful injuries. After all, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, athletes who don’t use a sports guard when they play have a 60-fold higher risk of damaging their teeth!

Why is it Better to Use a Custom-Made Mouthguard?

Because of these benefits, many people may consider getting a mouth-guard immediately. After all, most mouthguards can be purchased at your local pharmacy. However, it is equally important to consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist for a custom-made mouth guard. Here are several reasons why:

  • Everyone’s mouth and teeth are different in terms of things like shape and alignment. So it makes good sense that a customized mouth guard is the best way to protect your mouth.

  • A custom-made mouthguard fits your mouth securely while remaining comfortable to wear. You don’t have to bite down to keep a customized mouth guard in place the way you sometimes do with over-the-counter devices. This means you don’t have to focus on the mouth guard—you can just focus on the game and your performance.

  • If a mouth guard is poorly-fitted, it doesn’t protect your mouth from high-impact contact. In fact, it can make an injury worse than it would have been with no mouth guard at all.

  • Custom-made mouthguards are much more durable than over-the-counter devices. They don’t just fit better, they last longer too, so you don’t need to replace them as often.

Contact Dr. Gina Biedermann in Keller TX

If you have any additional questions about the benefits or mouthguard, please contact Dr. Gina Biedermann and speak to our Keller family dentist today!