Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, using a mouth guard during sports can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. In fact, a mouth guard can even reduce the severity of a concussion. It’s been estimated that between 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries have some connection to athletics.
But not all athletic mouthguards are made equal and there are three different types.
Ready-made mouthguards are inexpensive and can be easily found in sporting goods stores. But while they provide some amount of protection, they aren’t customized. As a result, they can fit awkwardly and make breathing and speaking difficult.
Mouth-Formed Mouthguard provide more customized results. Also known as boil-and-bite mouthguards, this type conforms to your smile after being softened in hot water. But some feel that mouth-formed mouthguards have a bad taste. They can also lose their flexibility over time.
The best type of athletic mouthguard is one that’s been custom-made just for you at Genesis Dental in Utah and Kansas. With a custom-made mouthguard, you can play with more confidence and without worrying about your smile.
Ready To Schedule Your Appointment?
If you’re interested in a mouthguard, custom-made or otherwise, schedule an appointment at Genesis Dental! We do it all, from general cleanings to orthodontics. We’ve got locations all throughout Utah and offer appointment times in the evening and on weekends.
Our Sister Practices
We’re committed to helping as many people as possible get access to quality dental and orthodotnic care. That’s why we’ve grown our Genesis Dental family and have dental offices throughout Northern Utah and even one in Kansas. We also have several other sister practices: