- June 15, 2018
For many families, sports are a way of life. If you aren’t taking your daughter to soccer practice, you’re taking your son to a baseball game. Maybe you have a short break now, but you know that football and volleyball practices will be beginning again soon.
We think it’s great that you and your kids are getting exercise and being healthy. Our team at Brandon Family Dental also wants to encourage you to be safe. That means wearing the right equipment, which should always include an athletic mouthguard.
Call us today at (248) 469-0218 if you or anyone in your family is an athlete of any kind. We can create a mouthguard just for you that will be comfortable to wear and protect your teeth when you step on the court, the field, or the ice.
Ready To Play
Athletic mouthguards have been around for a long, long time, and they are most associated with sports like boxing and football. Mouthguards are mandatory for those sports, although that hasn’t always been the case.
Back in 1927, a boxer named Mike McTigue was winning a match against Jack Sharkey. Then, McTigue cut his lip after one of his teeth was chipped. He was forced to forfeit, and not long thereafter, mouthguard became a requirement in boxing.
In football, a conservative estimate was that 1 in 4 injuries was a dental injury in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, dental injuries are less than 1 percent of football injuries.
Across all sports, athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to have dental injuries than athletes who do. This is a big part of the reason the American Dental Association has been encouraging athletes in a number of sports to wear mouthguards since the 1960s.
In spite of this, surveys of parents have shown that 84 percent of youth athletes do not wear mouthguards.
Yet, every year, more than 3 million teeth are knocked out during youth sports. And do you know which sports cause the most dental injuries? Basketball and baseball.
Mouthguards aren’t going to stop accidents from happening, just like wearing a seatbelt won’t stop a car accident. However, also like a seatbelt, a sports mouthguard can make a big difference in how serious your injuries may be.
A mouthguard could be the difference between breaking or losing a tooth and having a sore lip.
The Right Fit Makes a Difference
Whether you are interested in a mouthguard for yourself or your kids, it’s important to find one that feels comfortable to wear.
One of the problems with over-the-counter mouthguards is they can be somewhat bulky. This can make it difficult to breathe or to speak with the mouthguard in your mouth. You should be able to do both of those things easily.
Custom-made mouthguards at our office provide better protection. They also tend to be smaller than the commercial versions. This means you can speak, breathe, and get a drink of water without removing your mouthguard.
We think you’ll agree that you (and your kids) will be more likely to wear a mouthguard that fits snugly and allows you to keep talking than one that feels awkward and makes it difficult to breathe.
Keep Smiling When the Games Are Over
You want the people you love to keep smiling for a long, long time. Keeping their teeth intact will make that more likely. Getting a mouthguard from Brandon Family Dental can protect those teeth.