However, many people tend to overlook mouth guards as a vital piece of sporting equipment, despite how critical they are to help protect the athlete. Not only can a custom sports mouth guard prevent tooth loss, but it can also prevent severe lacerations inside the mouth and even concussions. We here at El Paso Modern Dentistry strongly believe that all athletes can benefit from the protection of a custom mouth guard, no matter what their sport is.
Why We Recommend a Custom Mouth GuardMany of our patients mistakenly believe that a mouth guard is only necessary for contact sports like football. That could not be further from the truth. Any sport that includes the risk that you may receive an impact to the face or head - whether it’s from a piece of equipment, a teammate or opponent, or even a fall - can benefit from a mouth guard. Even solo sports like skating and gymnastics require mouth guards to help prevent any injuries from harming your mouth.
There are three types of mouth guards that you may encounter when looking to be fitted with one. The first kind you may find is a basic stock mouth guard. We strongly advise against these. They have a generic shape to them, which means they may not fit properly and not protect you. Furthermore, they can also make it harder to breathe while playing sports, impairing your ability to play. While they are cheap, you get what you pay for with one of these.
Another type of mouth guard that you may encounter at a big box or sporting goods store is a boil and bite mouth guard. This type of mouth guard has you boil it first, then bite it while it is still soft. This does offer a small amount of personalization, but it can still be unwieldy and poorly fitting. While this is an improvement over a stock mouth guard, it still is not adequate to properly protect you while playing sports.
Getting Your Custom Mouth GuardInstead of reaching for a stock mouth guard or a boil and bite mouth guard, we instead strongly recommend that you come in for a fitting for a custom mouth guard. A custom mouth guard will give you a secure fit and superior protection from cuts, abrasions, lost teeth, and concussions while playing sports. To get a custom mouth guard, we will start by taking an impression of your mouth. This impression will be sent to our laboratory, which will then create your mouth guard. Once it returns from our lab, we will have you come in for final fitting to ensure that it is both secure and comfortable in your mouth.
Mouth guards can help provide you with the necessary protection for your teeth when you play sports. To learn more about mouth guards, or to set up an appointment with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry for a fitting for a custom mouth guard, please give us a call at (915) 444-2660 today!