Factors like tooth decay or infection are not the only things that can harm your oral health. It’s also possible to experience an injury that breaks, knocks out or otherwise damages your teeth, as well as the gums and mouth. Certain physical activities like sports increase the chance of a mouth injury. Fortunately, wearing an athletic mouthguard gives protection to reduce the risk.
At Reed Family Dental, we can provide a customized mouthguard designed to fit your mouth exactly. We use the latest technology to ensure a comfortable experience and the right fit.
Why Is a Mouthguard Important?
A guard provides a protective cover to reduce damage from a variety of activity-related injuries, such as falling, getting hit in the face by a ball or being slammed by another person. The force of these actions can be enough to break, chip or crack teeth, knock out teeth and create soft tissue injuries to the mouth.
The simple act of wearing the guard during physical activities greatly reduces the risk of dental damage from an injury. This device could save a significant amount of pain and recovery time, in addition to preventing the hassle and expense of dental work to fix the problems.
Who Benefits From an Athletic Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are beneficial for anyone who engages in athletic activity that could lead to a mouth injury. The main group that benefits are people who play contact sports, such as football, basketball, hockey or soccer.
You could also experience an injury from falling from a horse or bicycle, playing team sports like baseball or volleyball, or engaging in martial arts. Follow the rule to wear a guard if your activity could result in a fall or hit.
Our office creates mouthguards for all ages. These dental appliances are beneficial for children and teenagers who are part of a team sport or engaging in a physical activity. Nonetheless, adults can also protect their teeth and gums by wearing a guard.
How Can a Dentist Help With Mouthguards?
It is easy enough to find athletic mouthguards in sporting goods stores or various retail stores. You may wonder why you would visit the dentist for this simple dental appliance. The reason is that over-the-counter mouthguards are stock mouth protectors. They are one-size-fits-all varieties that generally do not fit well. Boil and bite mouthguards offer a slightly better fit, but the best choice is guards from your dentist.
This is because we offer custom-fitted guards designed and created to fit the specifications of your mouth. We take impressions to design a guard with the perfect fit, which ensures the best protection and most comfort during wear.
At our office, we use advanced technology to make the impression process more comfortable. Instead of the trays of the past, our team relies on an iTero digital scanner that creates accurate imaging of your teeth, gums and bite. These digital impressions are turned into a personalized mouthguard with the best fit possible.
Make a Mouthguard Appointment
Visit our office to discuss a custom mouthguard with our dentist. Our team members are ready to take impressions and have your guard made just for you. We are also here if you ever do experience a dental injury and need to have your oral health restored. Contact our receptionist at 740-622-5695 to set up an appointment.