Mouthguards should be worn for contact sports, like basketball, soccer, and lacrosse, where players may be hit by a ball or other players. It is estimated that more than 5 million teeth are knocked out due to sports every year. However, according to the American Dental Association, sports mouthguards can prevent over 200,000 tooth injuries.
Professional custom-fit sports mouth guards can prevent people from having to resort to solutions such as dental crowns or tooth bonding for cracked and chipped teeth. They may also prevent missing teeth and the need for restorative treatments. Dr. Jessica Christy and her team at Orchard Hill Dental offer custom-fit sports mouthguards to patients in Hendersonville, NC. Learn about the benefits of mouthguards as well as the treatment process below.
Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
Dr. Christy offers custom sports mouth guards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This dental solution protects teeth from hits and injuries to the mouth. Mouthguards:
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fit securely
- Reduce the chance of concussion
- Protect dental work from damage
- Provide a stable result
“Boil and bite” mouthguards found in stores don’t offer a custom professional fit. These over-the-counter mouthguards may fall out or make it difficult to speak. Professional custom-fit mouthguards should fit securely and not restrict speech.
Sports Mouthguards: What to Expect
Dr. Christy works with you to create a custom sports mouthguard. She will take a dental impression, or mold of teeth so that the final product can be crafted. Then she will make sure the mouthguard is comfortable and easy to use.
You should regularly clean your mouthguard with cool water and mouthwash or soap to make sure bacteria do not multiply. Cool water works well as hot water can warp the plastic. The mouthguard should be stored in a ventilated container so it can dry between uses. Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouth guard. If your mouth guard does not fit properly, it can fall out, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly.
Although they can last three to five years, mouth guards should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. A general breakdown from repeated use may alter the fit of the mouthguard.