Athletic Mouth Guards Can Protect Your Teeth from a Strikeout
by Dr. Matt who is a
practicing dentist and owner of
Country Lakes Family Dental
When it comes to sports and exercise, we usually don’t immediately associate all things athletic with dentistry, but protecting your teeth while working out will ensure a winning smile.
Since the mid 1990’s, the American Dental Association has made great efforts to raise awareness on the importance of using athletic mouth guards to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries. The key is recognizing not only when it is important to use mouth guards, but using the correct type of guard. A proper mouth guard fits well. It is comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, easy to clean and should not restrict breathing or speech.
Of course, there are many types of mouth guards depending on the type of exercise you are employing. The obvious choice for high impact sports like football, basketball, wrestling, or boxing is a full coverage athletic mouth guard. However, what you may not know is that even low impact exercise like running, weight training or aerobics can cause grinding or the occasional “chattering” of teeth that can cause long term wear and fracturing of teeth. In these situations, a non-bulky mouthpiece is available that can be worn on the lower teeth to keep the teeth from touching and is easily concealed. Both types of guards may incorporate bite pads that help distribute force further protecting the teeth from impact.
The ideal mouth guard is one that is sturdy and a custom fit. Your dentist can provide you with a mouth guard that not only fits you, but fits your personality with personalized logos and designs.
This spring, make sure to keep your teeth in first place with a winning mouth guard and happy smiling!
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