Have you ever seen your favorite athletes stepping off the field or the court and taking out a mouth guard? It might look ‘cool’ when someone famous is wearing a mouth guard to protect their teeth, but unfortunately, not enough athletes who participate in either school sports, or casual sports take advantage of the protection a mouth guard can provide.
Mouth guards were created to protect your teeth from possible impact when you’re playing a sport or doing something active. Whether a ball flies into the air and hits your mouth, or you run into someone else, impact activities can be extremely dangerous if you’re not taking the proper precautions for your mouth.
The good news? Mouth guards have come such a long way over the past decade or so. They used to be ‘one size fits all,’ making them somewhat uncomfortable and bulky for a lot of people to wear. Today, mouth guards can be customized to fit the impressions of your teeth, and the size of your mouth, so you’ll hardly even realize it’s there while you’re playing your favorite sport. There are some options you can actually ‘boil’ at home to fit the shape of your teeth. But, if you’re looking for an even better fit, talk to your dentist about getting a professional mouth guard.
Your teeth aren’t something to take for granted when it comes to physical sports; you wouldn’t play football without a helmet, and you wouldn’t play hockey without pads, so you ignoring your mouth shouldn’t be an option, either. Talk to your dentist about the right options for you when it comes to getting a mouth guard you can depend on, and keep your smile protected from any possible impact.
Mouth guards are also available to aid in the prevention of teeth grinding - feel free to check out one of our articles on teeth grinding or Bruxism for more information.