Protecting your mouth while participating in sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common sports injuries.In fact, some studies show that more than 30% of all mouth injuries are sports-related.
Sports mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Choosing the right mouthguard is important because their effectiveness varies.
The one you select should not only fit your teeth precisely, but should also provide excellent shock absorption. We offer specially designed “boil and bite” mouthguards that we custom-fit to your mouth. Despite their superior shock-absorbing properties, they’re thinner than most commercially available guards. That makes it easier to breath, talk, and even drink while wearing them. Their unique properties help prevent the introduction of bacteria, and they can even be worn over braces.
If you already use a sports mouthguard, you can ensure its effectiveness and extend its life by caring for it properly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in its protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water because it may melt or become deformed.
- Re-fit your mouthguard if needed (we’ll show you how)
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard.
- Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup; we’ll check to make sure it's still in good shape.
Our goal is to minimize your chance of suffering a sports-related mouth injury. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards during your next checkup.