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New Workout Resolution? Get An Athletic Mouthguard [BLOG]

Have you started working on your new year’s resolution? If you’re like many of us here at My Dentist in Plano, you’ve chosen to start the year on a healthier note. We love when our patients share with us their health and wellness resolutions – after all, your health is what we’re here for! If you’ve decided to take up or resume an athletic activity for your resolution, we want to make sure you stay safe every time you hit the gym or hop on your bike. How can we help you do that? you might ask. With a custom athletic mouthguard!

Read a bit more about this protective gear below, provided for you at our Plano office. To get your custom-made mouthguard, make an appointment with Dr. Dickson by calling 972-737-7039 today.

Why Use a Custom Mouthguard?

You may not think a mouthguard is necessary for your activity or sport. After all, how many people do you see wearing one when they go for a joy ride on their bicycle? The truth is, a mouthguard is more important than you may think. Consider this research:

  • According to a 2015 article in the journal Sports Health , most sports but contact sports in particular are common causes of dental injuries. These include fractured teeth, knocked-out teeth, loosened teeth, and even dislocated jaws. Mouthguards “help prevent most injuries and do not significantly affect ventilation or speech if fitted properly.”
  • Another study published on Medscape in 2017 found that dental injuries, including those from sports-related activities, contribute to oral cancers.
  • Another article on the National Institutes of Health website reports that “use of properly fitted, custom-fabricated athletic mouth guards for the prevention of dental injuries is recommended strongly” in sports activities.
  • An American Dental Association article says more than 7 million sports injuries occur each year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also mentions statistics from the  National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), which found that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are up to 60 times more likely to have a dental injury.

There’s plenty more where that came from. But enough statistics for now; you get the picture. So, what athletic activities require mouthguards? You’ve probably guessed a few from this list already, but others may surprise you:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Rollerblading
  • Weightlifting
  • Martial arts
  • Surfing
  • Skiing

That’s a long list! These don’t apply to just organized sports, either. A mouthguard can protect you whether you’re playing with your kids, in a community league, or on your own. So if your resolution includes any activities like these, including lifting weights at the gym, visit us before your next practice or session. Trust us – we’ve seen enough dental emergencies from athletics that we want you to avoid the pain, expense, hassle, and embarrassment of dental injuries.

Choose a Mouthguard From Your Dentist

You noticed in the statistics above that well-fitting, custom mouthguards are important in providing protection. First, they make it more likely that you’ll wear them. Your speech and breathing isn’t affected as much, and your mouth isn’t irritated by a poor fit. Second, a high-quality mouthguard that fits is more durable and can take a greater impact without breaking. That means it provides greater protection to your teeth and surrounding soft tissues.

While OTC mouthguards do provide protection and are better than nothing, they are one-size-fits-all. The materials are also of lower quality, which increases the chances they will wear out or become damaged.

When you come to My Dentist in Plano, Dr. Dickson will ask you what sport you’re involved in so he can make a mouthguard for your particular level of activity. For example, a mouthguard for hockey can be different than one for working out. Then, he’ll take precise measurements and impressions that will be used to create your unique sports guard. If you want it color-customized, he can even do that for you!

Make an Appointment for Your Custom Sports Mouthguard

Congrats for wanting to improve your overall health this year! Let us help you keep your mouth healthy too. To visit us for an athletic mouthguard fitting, call 972-737-7039 or fill out our online form . And don’t forget that we provide custom mouthguards for kids, too. We look forward to seeing you!

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