Is your child’s future oral health protected from sports-related injuries? Are your store-bought mouthguards standard fit, causing slipping and falling out?
You only have one set of teeth. Your teeth can not grow back, protect them with a sports mouthguard.
You always make sure your child is wearing their pads when hitting the football field, but have you thought about protecting their teeth? Sports-related injuries are one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Both children and adult athletes can benefit from wearing a custom-designed sports mouthguard during play.
Custom mouthguards fit better and offer superior protection in comparison to over-the-counter “bite-and-fit” options. Your family dentist in Owings Mills MD offers custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages. From little league to the pros, all athletes should protect their teeth from damage or loss while playing contact sports.
Custom Sports Mouthguards in Owings Mills
Over-the-counter mouthguard options tend to fit poorly. Athletes often feel frustrated by the bulky device. They may have difficulty keeping it in place while they are playing sports. Adolescent athletes are prone to removing the device and may not wear it during practice or the game because they feel distracted by the bad fit.
Mouthguards only work if worn properly.
Custom mouthguards are designed to the exact dimensions of the athlete’s smile for maximum protection. Custom-fit mouthguards do not require the athlete to constantly bite down on the device to keep it in their mouth. They have been shown to actually improve performance, reduce jaw stress and tension. Athletes are able to concentrate on the game without worry that their mouthguard is going to fall out.
Athletes are less likely to remove the device because they are able to drink and speak normally while wearing the mouthguard. With a well-fit mouthguard, your athlete can focus on their performance, and you can feel confident that their teeth are well-protected.
Receiving a sports mouthguard is a quick, comfortable, and easy process.
The dentist will take an impression mold of the patient’s mouth. The molds are then sent to a dental lab for fabrication. The mouthguard will be created according to the specifications of the patient’s mouth ensuring a secure and comfortable fit.
The mouthguard will be ready for pickup from our Owings Mills dentist office and ready for use right away. But before we send you out the door, we will make sure you are fully satisfied with your new mouthguard. your doctor will also provide you with instructions on how to care for your new mouthguard.
Your child’s teeth and oral health are important aspects of their development. A custom sports mouthguard can protect their natural smile from permanent damage. A mouthguard is a cost-effective alternative to replacing missing teeth after a sports injury. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards at your family’s next dental health exam. Request a visit online today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a sports mouthguard be worn at night for teeth grinding?
There are different types of oral appliances for teeth grinding, called night guards and snore guards. You should not wear your custom sports mouthguards overnight. They only protect your teeth from physical hits for a few hours during contact sports. They will not help you prevent teeth grinding and may damage your jaw if worn overnight.
How often should I replace a sports mouthguard?
You should replace your custom sports mouthguards before every sports season. Our young athletes grow out of their mouthguards every year. It’s imperative that they replace their mouthguards for a proper fit. You risk damaging your teeth and gums by wearing an old mouthguard.
How do you clean a sports mouthguard?
Maintaining your mouthguard is easier than you think. Gently wash your mouthguard with soap and water right before putting it away. Always rinse it with water before and after every use. Do not soak your mouthguard overnight. Use harsh chemicals like hand sanitizer, dish soap, bleach, isopropyl alcohol, or any alcohol-based cleaning solutions.
How long do custom mouthguards last?
The lifespan of custom mouthguards can vary depending on the type of mouthguard and how well you care for it. Custom mouthguards for sports can last six months to two years if you properly care for them. Custom-fitted mouthguards for bruxism can last up to three years. It’s important to regularly inspect these mouthguards for signs of wear, such as thinning or tears.