Are You Protecting Your Smile On The Field?Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Which of these athletes should wear an athletic mouthguard?
☐ Football players
☐ Basketball players
☐ Baseball players
☐ Soccer players
If you said all of them, then you are correct.
That’s the position of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Whether your family members participate in youth sports, recreational leagues, or pick-up games with their friends, a mouthguard can keep them smiling on and off the field.
Our team at Advanced Smile Arts wants to help you stay in the game, too. We make custom-fitted athletic mouthguards as part of our general dentistry in Danville, IL.
Protect Your Smile
April is National Facial Protection Month.
It’s a good time to remind you that any athletic participating in high-impacts sports and activities should wear a mouthguard while practicing or competing.
Children’s mouths are most vulnerable to injuries between the ages of 7 and 11.
But you may not realize which sports are most likely to cause those dental injuries.
For children between the ages of 7 and 12, baseball is the leading cause of dental injuries. For teens 13 to 17, basketball is the cause of most oral injuries.
Part of the reason for that is that mouthguards are required for many contact sports leagues, including youth football, wrestling, or hockey.
The reason for this is that people recognize the potential risks in those sports. Realistically, any sports that involve flying equipment, lots of running, changes of speeds and directions, or frequent jumping can cause oral injuries.
A hard impact can cause your teeth to close involuntarily. This can cause chips or breaks in your teeth. Falls, accidental elbows to the jaw, or getting hit in the mouth with a ball or stick can cause teeth to break or get knocked out.
Athletic mouthguards greatly reduce your risk of injury.
In fact, a study by the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation found that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who wear mouthguards.
You never know when an accident may occur on the field, but you can make sure you’ve taken every precaution to minimize the damage.
What Kind Of Mouthguard Is Right For You?
Imagine this situation: You are in charge of delivering an antique vase to a museum. Your only goal is to get that vase where it goes in one piece. You know you will be traveling, so there is always the possibility for an accident along the way.
Which do you think would be the best way to transport this vase?
☐ Put the vase in your passenger seat unprotected
☐ Wrap the vase in newspaper
☐ Place the vase in a box of some kind with some newspaper stuffed around it
☐ Place the vase in a carrying case with foam padding that is custom-made for that vase
We think you would agree that the custom-fitted foam and case would provide the best protection. The same is true for something even more valuable — your teeth.
Knowing this, which kind of mouthguard would provide you with the best protection?
Stock mouthguards come in standard shapes and sizes. Odds are, they are not going to be designed just right for your smile.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a somewhat better fit. They can be molded to some degree to your teeth.
The downside is that boil-and-bite mouthguards can be bulky. This can lead to different problems. Some people find it hard to breathe while wearing these mouthguards. Other people find bulky mouthguard interfere with their ability to communication while on the court or field.
Custom-fitted mouthguards, which we can make at Advanced Smile Arts, provide the best protection. Because these are made to fit your teeth and your teeth only, these mouthguards tend to be smaller than the store-bought options.
This makes custom-fitted mouthguards more comfortable to wear, and that makes you and your family more likely to wear them.
And since they are smaller than the other kinds of mouthguards, you won’t have to worry about them affecting your breathing or speaking.
Play It Safe
You can’t put a price on your smile. However, we do know that the cost of emergency dental care is far greater than the cost of an athletic mouthguard.
Call us at 217-703-4536 or contact us online to make an appointment at our dentist office in Danville, IL.
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