It’s hard to believe that the beginning of school is just around the corner. Many students are trading in their flip flops and swimsuits for knee pads, shoulder pads, and other sports equipment. Practices seem to start earlier and earlier each season, and this year is no different. As you gather your gear to head out, are you sure you have your entire uniform? As a Ross Township dentist focusing on oral health, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of mouthguards.
Do I Really Need a Mouthguard?
Unless required by the sport, a mouthguard is unfortunately more of a recommendation than a requirement. The downside to this, however, is that it is possible to get injured in any sport. Protecting your mouth with a mouthguard gives you one last thing to worry about when out on the court or field this fall. In fact, studies have shown that wearing a mouthguard reduces the severity of a concussion. The point of a mouthguard is to protect your oral cavity, teeth and gums from damage. Even if you don’t participate in a contact sport, if you find yourself after practice or a game with a headache or jaw pain, a mouthguard may be a solution to ease the pain. Athletes of any activity often clench their teeth in intense situations. This can lead to issues with your temporomandibular joints and the wearing down of tooth enamel prematurely.
Sports Gear and Safety Equipment
Helmets, knee pads, shoulder pads, gloves, and other protective gear are designed to keep your bodies safe. It’s not time for fashion when you’re gearing up to defeat your opponents. Get your head ready for your competition by alleviating the stress of potential injuries. Sure, an accident is bound to happen occasionally, but our Ross Township dentist would rather see you on the field than in our chair for restorative dental work.
Which Mouthguard is Best?
Luckily, there are a wide variety of mouthguards on the market. From boil and bite guards to custom made mouthguards by our Ross Township dentist and staff, there is sure to be a perfect style and type for your needs. If you are unsure about what is best for you, make a quick appointment with us to discuss your needs. Athletes who wear braces may benefit from a generic fitting oral device, while those who have already had dental issues prefer a custom made mouthguard, unique to their mouth.
This fall, when you are practicing for the upcoming season or running out on the court, make sure a mouthguard is part of your uniform. We want you to avoid missing practice or a big game due to a sports injury. Find more oral health tips on our Facebook page and good luck this season.