If you’re hitting the slopes or football field, it’s easy to forget one of the most essential pieces of sports equipment: a mouthguard. This tiny piece of oral protection can shield your teeth from trauma and prevent costly dental repairs, while still letting you have fun when you’re in the game.
When it comes to facial injuries during sports, dental injuries top the list. And more than 200,000 of them could be prevented each year, just by wearing a mouthguard. But not all mouthguards are created equal, and some store-bought options offer little protection. At his dental practice in Mequon, Wisconsin, Dr. Michael Kim makes custom-made mouthguards that are a cut above the inexpensive varieties you can buy at a sporting goods store.
The importance of a mouthguard
Each year, over five million teeth are damaged or knocked out, leading to nearly $500 million in costly dental repairs. Even though 80% of traumatic dental injuries affect the top front teeth and you’re 60 times more likely to damage their teeth if you’re an athlete not wearing a mouthguard, many organized sports don’t require them to participate.
Common activities that pose a high risk of injury to your mouth, jaw, and teeth include:
- Mountain biking
- Martial arts
When you wear a mouthguard during activities that have a high risk of injury to the mouth or jaw, you can significantly reduce your chances of oral trauma if you have a facial injury.
The benefits of a custom-made mouthguard
A mouthguard designed for sports protection comes in thin and flexible pieces of plastic that cover your teeth and oral structures. Although you can find mouthguards at most sporting good stores, it’s estimated that 80% of the athletic mouthguards in use are ineffective or could be more dangerous than not wearing one at all.
When it comes to protecting your teeth, custom-made mouthguards provide the highest level of protection with the most comfort. Dr. Kim’s custom-made mouthguards fit properly, are durable, and are easy to clean. They also don’t restrict your breathing or speech. That ensures you won’t be distracted by your mouthguard while you’re busy competing or enjoying your favorite activities.
Dr. Kim makes your device after taking an impression of your teeth. This personalized approach guarantees a perfect fit, so it can better protect your teeth from chips, cracks, or from being completely knocked out. His custom-made mouthguards also prevent injury to your soft tissue, including your lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. Most guards protect the upper teeth, but Dr. Kim also offers custom-made options that cover your lower teeth if you have braces or other dental issues.
To protect your teeth from costly damage with a custom-made mouthguard, call Michael Kim DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.