Life can come at you very fast. One minute you’re playing a pick-up game of basketball with your friends, the next you’re flat on your back because that one guy at the gym that’s always a little too aggressive was defending you. Now you’ve got a missing tooth and several appointments and procedures with your dentist on your schedule. There’s a way to help avoid that scenario. You should get a mouth guard and protect your teeth.
Even if you maintain good hygiene and schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist, those can’t prevent your teeth from taking damage while participating in contact sports. If you play in sports such as lacrosse, hockey, football, wrestling, basketball, mountain biking, boxing, etc., then a custom designed mouth guard is important to protect your healthy smile when accidents arise.
You may be able to purchase a generic mouth guard over the counter or at a sporting goods store but a custom mouth guard can provide you with a higher level of comfort and protection than possible with one-size-fits-all models. The guard designed by your dentist is also made from materials that allow for more comfort, which lets you focus on the task at hand.
Besides contact sports, mouth guards are also great for people that suffer from chronic tooth grinding. If you live an active lifestyle or notice that you regularly grind your teeth, contact your dentist today and see if a custom designed mouth guard is right for you.