It’s spring in Georgia. For many families, that means spending afternoons, evenings, and weekends at sports fields around the region.
High school athletes are competing in baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and tennis among other sports. Many adults participate in recreational sports as a way to stay fit and to enjoy some healthy competition.
There’s one thing we hope all of them are wearing when they take the field — athletic mouthguards. While mouthguards are required for many contact sports, a lot of people don’t realize how important they can be for any high-impact sport. That goes beyond football and wrestling.
Choose To Protect Your Smile
Like seat belts, mouthguards are not going to stop accidents from happening. However, they can prevent or minimize the effect of those accidents in many situations.
Ask yourself: Would you rather have a sore lip or a lost tooth? That’s the difference the right mouthguard can make. There’s a reason athletes who wear mouthguards are 60 times less likely to suffer oral injuries than athletes who don’t wear them.
Another question: Are you likely to wear a bulky, uncomfortable mouthguard that can make it hard to speak and even breathe in some cases? Would you rather have a mouthguard that feels comfortable and lets you breathe, speak, and even drink water easily?
A custom-fitted mouthguard, like the ones we make at Atlanta West Dentistry, provides that comfort and convenience. When your mouthguard is made specially to fit your teeth, it can be made smaller while providing greater protection against injury. It’s similar to how the five-point harnesses used by race car drivers provide better protection than the seat belts in our family cars.
And that’s not just our opinion. It’s also the position of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Orthodontists, among other professional dental organizations.
Take Care Of Your Mouthguard, Too
When you get your mouthguard, you also need to care for it correctly to get the most benefit from wearing it. With that in mind, here are some tips for keeping your mouthguard in good shape.
Between games and practices, you want to keep your mouthguard clean and dry. You should rinse your mouthguard before and after using it. From time to time, clean your mouthguard with cool, soapy water, too.
When it’s not being used, store your mouthguard in a sturdy case that has holes, which allow it to dry out. This can stop bacteria from growing on your mouthguard.
Bring your mouthguard with you when you have a dental checkup. This gives our professionals a chance to examine it to see if it’s showing signs of wear and tear.
Play Hard & Play Safe
If you enjoy playing sports, we want you to stay in the game. We hope you will wear a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard every time you compete. After all, you want to keep smiling when the games are over, too.