During preseason is the best time to ensure that you are ready to play, by booking a fitting for a custom athletic mouthguard. Every sport is different – much like every mouth is different – so having the right mouthguard for you is essential. Investing in a custom athletic mouthguard will better protect your teeth, guaranteeing that when the season is over, you will emerge with a winning smile.
Dr. Oliver has been customizing mouthguards as part of our dental treatments for budding sports stars for many years. He knows that, while you are out there having fun and bringing back the gold, it is important that you also come home with all your teeth intact.
A custom athletic mouthguard is modeled on the user's teeth, whereas generic mouthguards are one size fits all. If you are not wearing a mouthguard or your mouthguard is ill-fitting, you risk doing serious or irreparable damage to your teeth and jaw. A proper mouthguard should protect all your teeth, including those at the back, without pressing into supporting muscles. A custom athletic mouthguard will offer you protection for a number of years, provided you are assessed for the proper thickness and it is tailored to the sport that you play. As with any other treatment or service, Dr. Oliver will bring you in for assessment to ensure you get just that.
As a mouthguard is something that you will use again and again, it is important to practice proper hygiene, too. The mouth is a hotbed of bacterial activity, so you can imagine how much those microorganisms love to camp out there. However, so long as you keep your mouthguard clean, you won't run into any problems. Make sure to brush your teeth and rinse after each use, and wash your mouthguard in soapy water. Although custom mouthguards are built to last, they are subject to wear and tear. Check the mouthguard at home or contact us today to make an appointment with Dr. Oliver if you feel it needs to be assessed for damage. Enjoy yourself, whatever your chosen sport, but always protect your mouth!