• December 1, 2018

Basketball.

Hockey.

Wrestling.

All of these are considered high-impacts sports in their own way. If you or someone you love plays any of them, then you should be wearing an athletic mouthguard whenever you take to the court, the ice, or the mat.

This is so you can continue smiling long after the competition is over. The best protection comes from a custom-fitted mouthguard, which you can get at our Ortonville, MI dental practice.

Call 248-469-0218, and our team at Brandon Family Dental will do all we can to protect your winning smile!

What is a ‘High-Impact Sport’?

Sports that are high-impact include one or more of the following:

  • Physical contact between players
  • Flying objects (such as balls or pucks)
  • Frequent changes in speed
  • Frequent changes in direction
  • Frequent jumping

Any of these activities can cause high-impact on joints, which includes the joint in your jaw. As a result, the potential for dental injuries exists as well.

In fact, basketball is the sport that causes the most oral injuries among 13- to 17-year-olds, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

A Better Fit Means Better Protection

If you had something fragile, like a vase, to transport from your home to somewhere else, how would you prefer to take it?

  1. Leave it sitting in the passenger seat next to you
  2. Put it in a case with some newspaper wadded up around it
  3. Kept in a case with foam-padding molded specifically to hold the vase

Option C provides the most protection precisely because the carrying case was made with the vase in mind.

Now think about your teeth — or your children’s teeth. How much more important are they than a vase?

Yet, you can face a similar choice with how you will protect them. You can let your kids play many sports without a mouthguard since it’s often not required (although it is recommended by the American Dental Association). Statistically, athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to have dental injuries than athletes who do.

You could get an over-the-counter mouthguard. The boil-and-bite system is better than no protection, certainly, but these can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Some athletes find these interfere with breathing and communicating with teammates and coaches.

Our custom-made mouthguards are made from molds of your or your child’s teeth. As a result, they are smaller and more comfortable to wear. They also provide better protection — much like the custom-molded padding for the vase we described earlier.

These custom-design mouthguards do cost more than the store-bought kinds. But keep in mind that they are considerably less expensive the cost of repairing a broken tooth or replacing a tooth that had been knocked out of its socket.

Stay in the Game

Whether you need a mouthguard for yourself or someone else, Brandon Family Dental can help you get one that is comfortable and provides the maximum protection for your smile. To get one, you need to request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling 248-469-0218.