All mouth guards provide a certain amount of protection. Choctaw Dental encourages all athletes to explore the option of a custom crafted mouth guard, designed specifically to protect their very own teeth.
Many athletes have grown up wearing mouth guards. Most sanctioned sports leagues require some form of protective gear in many sports. So, why go to the trouble of getting a specialized athletic guard? First, the superior dental protection of a custom fitted athletic guard cannot be matched.
The time, trouble and expense of getting a properly fitted one would be made up for instantly in a single accident, but that’s not all. While one-size-fits-all athletic guards often restrict airways to some extent, custom formed dental athletic guards can actually improve it. Since breathing affects so much of athletic performance, the right athletic guard can make the difference between a good enough athlete and a great one! There are three basic styles of a guard. There are ready made guards that come with many helmets, and are available in any sporting goods department. There are boil and bite guards that are first softened, then fitted to the athlete’s mouth, these are better. Finally, there are custom fitted dental athletic guards.
What to Look For
Unlike one-size-fits-all options, a dentist made athletic guard can be customized not just for the athlete, but the sport-specific as well. Here are some features you should look for in a good mouth guard:
— It should be resilient and tear resistant.
— It should be comfortable.
— It should fit well and be able to hang from a strap that suspends the guard from a helmet, or faceguard while not in play.
Consult with your dentist to make sure a top only guard provides adequate protection for you. For some patients, with a protruding jawline, a bottom guard may also be suggested.
Call Us Today
If you are interested or have any other questions regarding an athletic mouth guard in Choctaw Oklahoma, come see us at Choctaw Dental! The cost and hassle are not as great as you might think, and protecting your mouth from just one injury can make it all worthwhile.