It’s that time of year again. The weather’s warmer. The sun shines in the sky a little longer.
It’s a great reason to get out and play sports with your family and friends or to cheer on your loved ones.
This is also why we hope you will visit North Bay Dental soon. Our team would be happy to make athletic mouthguards for all the sports stars and weekend warriors in your family. Whether you are competing for championships or just trying to stay in shape, you should take steps to protect your teeth so you can keep smiling long after the games are over.
To get a custom-fitted mouthguard for every athlete in your family, call 262-417-7326 to make an appointment at our Racine, WI dentist office.
Not Just for Football
We love football in Wisconsin, and if someone you know plays this game, then you also know that mouthguards are mandatory.
That wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, dental injuries accounted for about one in every four football injuries. Today, less than 1 percent of football injuries involve dental problems.
That’s a pretty good illustration of the valuable sports mouthguards can be when it comes to protecting teeth. It’s also why you should be wearing a mouthguard if you play most sports.
Today, baseball and basketball players are the athletes who are most likely to suffer oral injuries. With that said, any high-impact sports raises the risk of injuries to the mouth and jaw.
It’s why you should be wearing a mouthguard if you are playing or practicing any sport that calls for changing speeds, changing directions, or jumping. And there is a chance you could be hit with a ball, a flying disc, or a puck, then you should be wearing a mouthguard for those sports, too.
That’s not just our opinion. It’s the stated position of several professional dental organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Better Fit Means Better Protection for Your Smile
It’s better to wear any mouthguard instead of no mouthguard at all. In fact, athletes who don’t wear mouthguard are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who do.
This doesn’t mean all mouthguards are created the same, however. It’s sort of like seat belts in cars. You find a standard three-point safety belt in commercial vehicles, but race car drivers use a five-point harness because they know they are facing a greater risk of injury.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can offer good protection. They also can be bulky. This can make them uncomfortable to wear, and they may interfere with breathing and speaking.
A custom-fitted mouthguard, like we can make at North Bay Dental, can provide better protection (like the five-point harness). These are also smaller than over-the-counter mouthguards. They don’t interfere with how you breathe, and they allow you to speak and even drink water without removing them.
We think you would agree with us that athletes are more likely to wear a mouthguard that feels comfortable than one that makes it hard to breathe.
It’s Never Too Early to Protect Your Teeth
We want to hear about your sports victories when you come in for your regular dental appointments. We would prefer to help you avoid a dental emergency, too.
Whether you are in the middle of the summer sports season or gear up for the fall, our team wants to help protect your favorite smiles. Call our Racine, WI dental office today at 262-417-7326 or fill out our online form to schedule your treatment.