Find out why you should wear a mouthguard the next time you step out onto the basketball court.
Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year, and many are due to sports? This means that nearly $500 million is spent each year to replace teeth. Unfortunately sports get a bad rap in the dental world, particularly fast-paced games like basketball, which have the potential for increase facial traumas due to close contact. However, your Paducah dentist recommends that all basketball players don a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums from damage while playing.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a flexible protective appliance that is worn over your teeth to reduce the chance of injury. While mouthguards can be used for other conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ, mouthguards are a great way to protect your smile during contact sports.
What are the different types of mouthguards?
The standard mouthguard can be purchased at your local drug store or sporting good store. However, these already come pre-formed so they won’t be fitted to your smile (think of these mouthguards as a “one size fits most” device). They are less expensive than other mouth guards; however, they may not feel as comfortable or fit as well. These mouthguards are often made of rubber and can feel a bit bulky.
You can also find mouthguards at the drug store that you have to boil first and then place over your teeth to help mold it. These may conform to your smile a bit better, but again you may still feel like they are too bulky. Plus they won’t offer the same protection and comfort of a custom-made mouthguard.
Your Paducah dentist can custom design a mouthguard to offer you superior fit and protection. We will make an impression of your smile and then send these measurements to a lab for fabrication. While these are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill mouthguards, they will provide a level of protection that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Also, if you are interested in customized mouthguards then you should check out Fierce mouthguards. All of their products are custom fabricated and come in 27 fun designs. Choose from standard colors like pink or blue or opt for fun prints like Camo.
Don’t hit the court until you have a mouthguard to protect your smile. While it might seem like a hassle now, you’ll be glad you are wearing one when you don’t have to deal with painful dental treatments to correct a damaged tooth. To find out more about getting custom-made mouthguards, call our office today!