Mouth injuries are among the most common sports injuries. If you have an athlete in your home that is not wearing a mouthguard, their smile is in danger. A blunt trauma to the mouth can cause serious damage to the teeth, jaw and surrounding tissues. Although we are equipped to provide a full menu of dental procedures to treat mouth injuries, we prefer to save patients from pain, time and expense by encouraging them to wear a custom mouthguard during sports. If you or your child is involved in a contact sport, such as football, lacrosse, baseball or basketball, a mouthguard can be a simple and smile-saving piece of equipment.
Types of Mouthguards
A mouthguard must fit well in order to be effective. There are numerous types, including the common "boil-and-bite", that are found in local sporting goods stores. However, to ensure the most comfortable fit and highest level of protection, a custom mouthguard is recommended. Dentistry of Highland Village offers top quality custom-fit mouthguards for athletes of all ages. We value the importance of providing a mouth protection that allows your child to speak and breathe comfortably while on the playing field. For patients who wear braces or a retainer, it is crucial that you wear a mouthguard to protect your orthodontic investment.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
We always take the time with our patients to discuss proper care for oral appliances. For mouthguards, they should be cleaned regularly, stored properly and never chewed on in order to maximize their lifeline. Your mouthguard should be replaced if it gets ripped, worn down or no longer fits comfortably. We are happy to evaluate the condition of your mouthguard at your next dental checkup and replace it with a new one if necessary.
If you are interested in a custom mouthguard for sports, please contact us today to schedule your fitting. At Dentistry of Highland Village, we are passionate about protecting your beautiful smile!