A custom sports mouth guard is an essential piece of protective gear for athletes, particularly in high impact sports. While mouth guards can be purchased in many drug stores, a custom-made mouth guard offers optimal protection and a highly contoured fit. Wearing a mouth guard prevents tooth loss, broken teeth, and other types of jaw and facial injuries, making it an important investment for long-term health. We offer custom mouth guards at our Jerome, IL office, designed to offer you excellent protection and an extremely comfortable fit.
While the most obvious benefit of a custom athletic mouth guard is to protect your teeth and mouth from serious injury, they’ve also been shown to prevent brain injuries. A study published in 2014 by the journal General Dentistry found that high school football players wearing custom mouth guards were less likely to suffer from injuries like concussions than those wearing poorly fitting, store-bought mouth guards.
Most sports-related injuries we see are to the top teeth; that’s because the top teeth are more vulnerable in the event they receive impact. In addition, your teeth can also easily cut through your lips during impact, creating yet another painful injury. If you play any kind of competitive sport or participate in any type of risky recreational activity, a custom sports mouth guard should be on your list of necessary equipment. Many people purchase standard boil and bite mouth guards from sports equipment stores; while these are definitely better than not using a mouthguard at all, they provide far less protection than a custom one would and have a tendency to slide around in the mouth.
If you or your loved ones play any of the following sports or recreational activities, they would benefit from using a custom athletic mouth guard to protect against injury:
- Horseback riding
- Ice skating
Would you like more information on the benefits of a custom sports mouth guard, or are ready to schedule an appointment at our Jerome, IL office? Give us a call at 217-483-7177. We offer comprehensive dental care, including routine exams, cleanings, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, and more. Contact us today!