Sports are a ton of fun, but damaging your teeth is no fun at all. Luckily, you can definitely minimize the chances of an accident by taking the proper precautions. Today in the Parkcrest Dental Group blog, we talk about how to protect your teeth if you’re an athlete.
Buy a Mouth Guard
Far and away the best method of protecting your teeth is with a mouth guard. A mouth guard can greatly reduce impact and reduce your chance of injury. Although no one particularly likes wearing a mouth guard, it’s still absolutely essential. Luckily, mouth guards can be made very comfortable if you buy the right one, so any complaints you may have about wearing them can be laid to rest.
Types of Mouth Guards
Typically, you can just buy a generic mouth guard at the store, but at Parkcrest Dental Group we recommend getting one that is a little more custom built. The reason being that these generic guards are typically uncomfortable and they don’t always fit in the mouth right.
Thus, you’re left with two options. You can get a boil and bite mouth guard, or you can have your dentist at Parkcrest Dental Group make one for you. A boil and bite mouth guard is the next step up from the generic mouth guard. They’re a little more expensive, but not by much. With these mouth guards, you heat the guard to soften it and then bite into it to form it your teeth. These are definitely more comfortable than the generic mouth guards. But nothing will beat the comfort of a custom-made mouth guard, especially if you have braces or other unique needs. Next time you have an appointment at Parkcrest Dental Group, ask your dentist about making you a custom mouth guard.
Contact Parkcrest Dental Group
We can’t overstate the importance of a mouth guard. You can really do serious damage to your teeth if you get hit. With custom-made guards, there’s no excuse as to why you won’t wear one. If you have a young child who’s apprehensive about wearing their guard, just show them all their favorite athletes who wear them. The best athletes in the world wear mouth guards to protect their beautiful smiles, and so should they! If you’re in need of dental services, Parkcrest Dental Group is the place to go. We offer a variety of services from cosmetic dentistry to pediatric dentistry. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or continue browsing our website for even more information.