We treat dental emergencies regularly at Davenport Dental Group. While we are more than prepared to help you deal with those situations, we would much rather help you prevent them whenever possible.
As much as we love sports, we have fixed many broken teeth and replace several teeth that have been knocked out over the years at our Laredo, TX locations. We also know many of those injuries could have been avoided or minimized if athletes of all ages would do one thing.
Wearing an athletic mouthguard makes you 60 times less likely to have an oral injury during a practice or game. We are making to make custom-fitted mouthguards for weekend warriors, budding youth stars, and even collegiate and professional competitors.
Make It Part Of Your Uniform
When you take the field for most sports, you need specific equipment. That includes all kinds of protective gear. Depending on your sport(s) of choice, that could mean helmets, shoulder pads, knee pad, shin guards, and more.
For almost any sport, that should include a mouthguard as well. To be perfectly clear, mouthguards are not going to stop an accident from happening, just like shin guards won’t stop a soccer play from getting kicked in the leg. However, having the right protective equipment can make you less likely to be injured when those accidents occur.
So who should be wearing a mouthguard? The short answer is pretty much anyone who plays a sport.
The longer answer is anyone who plays high-impact sports. Some of these are obvious. Football and other contact sports come to mind. Wrestling and combat sports are high on this list as well.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry also include sports that involve a lot of jumping, changes in direction and speed, objects that are thrown or struck (baseballs and softballs, for example), and physical contact between players.
By this definition, you should be wearing a mouthguard for bike racing, playing tennis, and volleyball. It’s worth mentioning that the two sports that cause the most dental injuries among kids are baseball (12 and under) and basketball (13 to 17).
In other words, you should be grabbing a mouthguard whenever you step on the field or the court to practice or play.
Stay Comfortable While You Compete
We have treated a lot of people who suffered broken teeth because they weren’t wearing an athletic mouthguard. They often tell us they don’t wear the boil-and-bite mouthguards from the store because they are big and bulky. That makes them uncomfortable to wear. That means they can make it difficult to breathe, and those mouthguards can make it hard to speak, too.
By getting a custom-made mouthguard from Davenport Dental Group, you can enjoy better protection in a smaller package. This means you can breathe, speak, and drink water without feeling like you have to remove your mouthguard.
And having your mouthguard in could be the difference between a sore lip and a lost tooth.
We want you to keep playing as long as you can, which is why we hope you will make an appointment with us soon. Call our Junction Drive office at 956-242-6745 or our Winfield office at 956-517-2695. You can contact us online as well to request an appointment.