When you think of athletic mouthguards, it is likely that you imagine a thick, bulky mouthpiece worn by an NFL linebacker. There was a time when mouthguards were thought to be reserved for professional athletes only. Today, with an increasing focus on health and physical fitness, much of the general population enjoys a variety of sports activities.
A customized bite guard or mouthguard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities.
This has translated into an increase in the number of sports related mouth injuries in recent years. Your dentist can fabricate a customized athletic mouthguard to protect your smile during these activities.
It is important to note that a mouthguard is an appropriate choice for all athletic activities. For many patients, contact sports such as football and hockey clearly require the use of a mouthguard. A mouthguard provides protection against trauma to the teeth and jaw. Fractured teeth, cheek bites, and tongue bites are commonly prevented injuries.
Your dentist may also recommend a customized mouthguard for patients who participate in non-contact sports. This may include cycling, weight-lifting, running, and golf. During these activities, excessive forces can be applied to the teeth as a result of clenching or straining. Gritting or grinding the teeth while concentrating is a subconscious habit noted by virtually every athlete.
A customized bite guard or mouthguard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities. Your dentist will take precise measurements and impressions of your upper and lower teeth in order to create a guard that conforms to your anatomy.
Customized guards can also be used to help maintain a healthy position for your jaw joint. Some studies have shown that, without the jaw properly positioned, the body is unable to produce certain hormones that can decrease your athletic potential. Obtaining the proper fit and jaw position with an over the counter or self-molding mouthguard may be difficult. Trusting these details to an experienced dentist is the best way to ensure that your mouthguard is effective.
Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry in North Austin to learn more about custom athletic mouthguards. Call 512-200-7422 to schedule your appointment.