Athletic Mouthguards from Park Slope Dentist
No matter your sport or level of play, protecting your smile with a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard from the Park Slope dentist can make a big difference for the health of your smile. In fact, one of the most significant factors causing dental emergencies is contact sports. Avoid chipped teeth, knocked out teeth, fractures, breaks, and even concussions by wearing a mouthguard created just for your smile! Dr. Frank J. Sapienza provides customized sportsguards for athletes of all ages.
Why Wear a Custom Athletic Mouthguard
You wouldn’t head out onto the field without a helmet -- so why would you fail to protect your (or your loved one’s) smile? Just like all the other protective gear we have come to accept as a given on the field and court, the athletic mouthguard provides necessary protection for the teeth, gums, and surrounding oral structures.
While you can find one-size-fits-all mouthguards at the pharmacy, nothing provides as much protection as one that is created specifically for you. Over-the-counter smile protection may fall out during key moments, or inhibit breathing throughout intense play. Custom-fitted mouthguards are far more comfortable than generic ones, improving the likelihood that they will actually be worn during every game, match, and practice. And what is the most significant factor in the effectiveness of any mouthguard? Its consistent use.
New research suggests that wearing a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard has one other significant benefit. Compared to store-bought mouthguards, custom ones may actually reduce athletes’ risk of concussion. As we learn more about the dangers of repeated concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), especially in younger athletes, the need for a custom-fitted mouthguard is more apparent than ever.
Who Needs a Custom Mouthguard
From children and teens to adult athletes, people of all ages can benefit from smile protection during contact sports. Some of the most obvious sports requiring a mouthguard include football, soccer, boxing, wrestling, and basketball. But even less heavy-hitting athletes can benefit from smile protection. Consider investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard for baseball/softball, tennis, and even gymnastics and track and field.
Maintaining Your Athletic Mouthguard
Your custom-fitted mouthguard is a small investment that provides significant protection for your smile. To keep it clean and functioning just like it should, do not chew your mouthguard and make sure to clean it frequently. Rinse the mouthguard after each use, and gently brush with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Store the mouthguard in a hard, ventilated container when you are not using it.
With proper care and maintenance, your mouthguard can probably be expected to last a full season. Bring it in with you to your six month checkup and cleaning, and Dr. Sapienza will check to make sure it is in good shape to provide maximum protection for your smile during play.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
What are you doing to keep your smile safe on the field, court, or mat? If you do not have a custom-fitted mouthguard, it’s time to invest in one. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Park Slope today!