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Mouthguards for National Facial Protection Month

Mouthguards for National Facial Protection Month

Mouthguards for National Facial Protection Month

It’s National Facial Protection Month and time to schedule an appointment with Inspired Smiles. You may think you have your uniform covered, but unless you have custom-made mouthguards, you don’t.

Why Custom Made Mouthguards are Important

Your dentist in Richmond explains that thousands of mouth injuries are prevented every year because of mouth protectors and while all mouthguards provide protection, some are better than others are.

You Get What You Pay For

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for and the same can be said about mouthguards.

There are three types of mouth protectors:

  • Conventional or Standard
  • Boil and Bite
  • Custom Made Mouthguards

Standard Mouth Protectors

While these cumbersome and often thick standard mouth protectors give athletes a bit of protection they aren’t very comfortable to use. People who wear standard mouthguards complain of breathing and talking problems.

Because the plastic is thick, it isn’t very pliable. It’s unfortunate, but most standard mouth protectors remain unused leaving the person unprotected during play.

Boil and Bite Mouth Guards

Boil and bite mouth guards are designed to mold to your mouth after placing in hot water. While it is a more customized option than a standard mouth guard is, it isn’t an exact fit. Again, this makes breathing and talking next to impossible.

Boil and Bite mouth guards are made from plastic and available at your local sporting goods store or pharmacy.

Customized Mouthguards in Richmond

Dr. Daniel Yeager from Inspired Smiles explains that customized mouthguards offer the best protection against mouth injuries. Made from a mold that is customized to your teeth, they are made from soft plastic and easy to wear. In fact, most people say they hardly know they are wearing one at all.

Custom-made mouthguards are the best way to protect yourself against mouth injuries regardless of the sport you play.

Should Everyone Wear Mouthguards?

Inspired Smiles Dr. Victoria Yeager can’t stress the importance of custom-made mouthguards.

Mouth protectors soften blows to the head protecting cheeks, tongues, gums and of course teeth. Many teeth have been saved because the player had on a custom made mouthguard.

All people who participate in individual and group sports should consider a mouth protector. While some sports such as boxing, soccer, football, and hockey require mouth guards to play, other sports do not.

People who participate in gymnastics and people who skateboard should wear mouthguards, as should mountain bike riders and martial art enthusiasts.

All sports that have some sort of contact, whether it is a person or a piece of equipment, should consider a custom-made mouth protector.

Schedule for Facial Awareness Month

Schedule an appointment and keep you and your family safe with a customized mouthguard.

Call for an appointment with Inspired Smiles today.