July 10, 2018
Now that summer’s here, nothing can keep you from getting outside to participate in any type of sport, whether it’s biking, running or playing basketball. Your local dentist says that while having fun and getting exercise, don’t forget to protect your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth from any sudden impact. Furthermore, he’ll explain why a custom mouthguard is a better option than an over-the-counter version (OTC).
Why Do I Need a Mouthguard?
When you’re involved in a sport where people are moving around in a rapid fashion, there’s always a chance for a collision. If this happens, your oral cavity will be vulnerable to an injury and a possible dental emergency, especially if you’re not protected by wearing a mouthguard.
How the OTC Mouthguard is Made
Over-the-counter mouthguards are made from plastic that’s molded into thin, pliable appliances. They are made into a ‘U’ shape that attempts to cover the entire top row of teeth to prevent any grinding or abrupt force applied to the lower row. The mouthguard is fitted using the “boil-and-bite” method and can be used after it cools and forms into its final state.
The Custom Mouthguard – A Different Level of Quality
The custom method differs in that instead of taking a pre-made appliance and trying to make it fit your mouth, your dentist will build a sports guard based solely on the shape and size of your mouth and teeth. This feature of the process ensures that you’ll have a far more precise fit.
First, an impression will be taken of your teeth. From that, a custom mould will be formed to fit them comfortably. Because of this level of precision, if you take a blow to the mouth, the following can happen:
- Less Sliding – The custom fit of your sport guard will better ensure that when you take a blow to your mouth, there will be less sliding of your appliance. That translates into a lesser chance of a laceration.
- Better Shock Absorption – A perfect fit also spells better absorption of the shock from any impact to your mouth. Just like the bumper of your car, it is designed to take the energy and attempt to push it outwardly, so that your teeth are at less of a risk of damage.
- Protection of Your Jaw – The protection that your mouthguard provides also prevents the impact of both rows colliding when you have a collision, which could lead to a cracked or broken tooth.
An old axiom says, “An ounce of prevention is worth more than 10 pounds of cure.” By taking the proactive route and getting fit with a custom mouthguard, you will allow yourself to enjoy your summer outings without the fear of a sudden dental emergency arising.
To schedule an appointment to get the protection you need, reach out to your local dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Marco Caballeros earned his dental degree from the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he’s remained committed to providing the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with top-notch care. Dr. Caballeros offers a way to exercise in a safe manner with a custom mouthguard from On Point Dentistry. He can be reached for more information through his website.
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