Safeguard Your Smile During Sports Activities with Custom Mouth Guards

Sports Dentistry in Urbandale

Individuals who participate in sports understand the importance of protective devices to prevent injuries while on the field, including knee pads, helmets, and mouthguards. However, not just any mouthguards will do. Dr. McDonald, a highly skilled dentist, recommends that athletes opt for customized mouthguards for optimal oral protection. Learn more about the benefits of these oral appliances below.

Dental Dangers of Sports Activities

Participating in sports activities without adequate oral protection can put your teeth at risk. This is especially true for contact sports such as hockey and football. Common sports-related dental injuries include tooth fractures, which can affect multiple parts of the tooth such as the crown and the root. Fractured teeth can be very painful and may lead to swelling. Another frequently experienced sports injury is tooth loss. Locating the knocked-out tooth and seeking immediate dental care raises the chances of tooth survival.

Do Not Take Chances with Your Smile

Mouthguards are necessary for protecting the teeth. They prevent damage to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue, and protect against tooth chipping, fracturing, and loss. There are several types of mouthguards available, but not all are created equally. Pre-formed mouthguards can be found in sporting goods stores and other retail locations. They offer no customization and generally do not fit well. Also available in-store are boil-and-bite mouthguards, which require the consumer to boil the mouthguard in water to soften it so that a dental indentation can be made. These mouthguards claim to offer customization, but they are often uncomfortable, cumbersome to customize, and may not provide adequate protection.

The Benefits of Customized Mouthguards

Customized mouthguards are created by a dentist. These mouthguards offer maximum protection and a secure fit, allowing you to excel in your chosen sports activity. When you visit McDonald Family Dentistry for a custom mouthguard, you can be assured that you are receiving an oral appliance made from high-quality materials that are precisely designed to fit your specific dental structure. Customized mouthguards provide optimal shock absorption, reducing the chance of jaw injury. In addition, customized mouthguards are far more comfortable than stock or boil-and-bite appliances, and last longer.

Invest in the Safety of Your Smile in Urbandale

Do not compromise on the quality and effectiveness of your mouthguard. Dr. McDonald and his team are here to help you maintain excellent oral health. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

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