Sports are a great way to stay in shape and be social, but sports-related dental injuries pose a huge risk to your oral health and can lead to expensive tooth and jaw damage. At Yonkers Dental Arts, serving residents of Yonkers, New York, and Westchester County, Alicia Schrader, DDS, provides custom mouthguards to keep your teeth safe and comfortable while you play. To learn more about the benefits of mouthguards for sports and to get your own custom mouthguard, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Mouthguards are devices that you place in your mouth to cushion your teeth and protect them from injuries. If you play any sports that involve impact or the risk of getting hit in the face, you’ll need a mouthguard to prevent extensive and costly damage to your teeth, lips, and gums.
You can also choose to get a mouthguard to keep you from grinding your teeth while you sleep. Sports that require mouthguards or can benefit from them include:
For some sports and activities, mouthguards are only necessary for beginners. If you’re wondering whether you need one for your sport of choice, Dr. Schraner can help you decide if it would benefit you.
Mouthguards can prevent or reduce many injuries to your teeth and mouth, including:
Mouthguards also prevent issues that arise from excessive teeth grinding, a habit that many people don’t think about until it’s too late. If you grind your teeth a lot during sleep or while you’re focused or distracted, it can lead to broken teeth, muscle soreness, headaches, or pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
You can get a cheap, generic mouthguard at any store that sells sporting equipment. While you can make them more comfortable for yourself by cutting them to size, boiling them, and biting down on them to fit your teeth, a custom-made mouthguard is much more comfortable and doesn’t affect your breathing and speech as much.
If you have braces, dental bridges, or other appliances, your custom mouthguard can account for them and prevent potential injuries.
Mouthguards tend to harbor bacteria, so you should wash yours thoroughly after each time wearing it. With continued use, they tend to wear down and change shape, becoming less effective over time.
Because of this, you should get a new mouthguard every sports season or every six months when you come in for your routine dental cleaning.
To stay active and have fun without worrying about your teeth, call Yonkers Dental Arts or book an appointment online today to get your custom mouthguard.