Gearing Up with a Custom Mouth Guard

When gearing up for the Aledo sports season, one area of the body is often overlooked and remains exposed to traumatic injury: the mouth. Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you lost one or two of your front teeth? Daily tasks such as eating, speaking and smiling may become embarrassing and uncomfortable. Thousands of facial injuries occur each year in sports related injuries. A properly fitted mouth guard is an important piece of sports gear that will help protect your smile.

Mouth guards are often used in contact sports such as football and hockey, but new findings in sports dentistry suggest that those participating in non contact sports would benefit from a properly fitted mouth guard as well. Although a boil n bite guard offers some protection, a custom fitted guard made by your dentist provides more uniform protection over the typical thick and thin spots found with the boil n bite guard. According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. It should fit properly, be durable and easy to clean, and not restrict your speech or breathing.  Like all sports gear, a mouth guard will eventually wear out and become less effective. If your sports guard has holes, tears or becomes loose, it may irritate the teeth and gum tissue when worn.  Regular check-ups with your Parker County dentist are a good time to have the condition of your mouth guard checked. Dr. Goodwin utilizes the same machine used for professional athletes mouth guards, so you can be certain you are getting the best protection and performance! Call Goodwin Dental today for your affordable and customized mouth guard.

For more information on how to properly care for and clean your sports guard:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/article/cleaning-a-mouth-guard-0213

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