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Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device constructed out of resilient plastic that is worn over your teeth to protect them from blows to the face and head which could result in injury.
For anyone participating in sports, mouth guards are an important piece of equipment that often gets overlooked in many sports programs. More than 5 million teeth are avulsed each year as a result of sports injuries and trauma. In many cases, these avulsions are a result of not wearing a mouthguard or wearing improperly fabricated and fitted mouthguards. The importance of wearing an athletic mouthguard in any sport can not be overemphasized.
Mouthguards typically cover the upper teeth and protect against
Approximately one third of all dental injuries are sports related.
There are 3 types of mouth guards used for sports:
No matter which type of mouth guard you choose it needs to be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. At All Smiles Dentistry Northwest we specialize in custom-made athletic mouthguards.
The right mouthguard for sports should:
An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard and mouth and faceguards prevent an estimated 200,000 high school and college football injuries (according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety).
Whether it’s a punch, kick, puck, elbow, or ball moving at warp speed, custom made sports mouth guards offer optimal protection and comfort. Stock mouth guards and boil and bite mouth guards both offer a degree of protection but spending a little more for a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist could potentially save you hundreds or thousands in dental treatments as a result of injury.
Boil and bite mouth guards at least can be altered to provide somewhat of a custom fit but they are designed to fit everyone which means they fit no one well. These types of mouth guards typically become flimsy and not retain their shape after only a few uses as you trying to mold a piece of plastic that is not designed to be molded.
Our custom-made athletic mouth guards give you better protection with a perfectly fitting mouth guard that will last the season. A custom fit mouthguard will not fall out in the middle of the play and allows for easy communication during a big game.
The total cost to replace an avulsed tooth (complete displacement of a tooth out of its socket) can be 20 times more expensive than the cost of a custom made mouthguard.
Call today to schedule your appointment to get your custom-made athletic mouth guard at our Everett dental practice.
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