Get Mouthguards For Your Favorite Athletes
There’s nothing quite like watching your kids play sports. It’s exciting and fun to cheer their successes. It also can be a little scary at times.
For instance, imagine your daughter taking the field for a softball game. As a pop-up heads her way, she races to track down the ball. The problem is that another player has the same idea. You can see the collision is inevitable before it happens.
So, you turn your head.
When you look back both girls are on the ground. Holding their mouths. One appears to be bleeding. A broken tooth is possible, but so are dislodged teeth.
At that moment, would you rather your daughter have been wearing an athletic mouthguard? Mouthguards can’t stop accidents from happening, but much like a seat belt in a car, they can minimize the damage that occurs.
At River Oaks Dental in Jacksonville, FL, we can make custom-fitted mouthguards for all the athletes in your family. To get one or more, call 904-348-0416 to make an appointment.
Who Needs A Mouthguard?
The short answer is anyone who plays a high-impact sport.
So, what is a high-impact sport? It’s a sport that involves one or more of the following:
- Changes in speed and/or direction
- Physical contact between players
- Flying objects that are thrown or struck (with the exception of golf)
This includes everything from football and wrestling to lacrosse and volleyball to mountain biking and skateboarding, just to give a few examples.
It’s worth noting that several professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend wearing mouthguards during all practices and games for any high-impact sport. They’ve noted that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to have dental injuries than athletes who do wear them.
You may also be interested in knowing that baseball (among athletes 7 to 13 years old) and basketball (among athletes 17 and under) are the sports that produce the highest number of dental injuries, according to the AAPD.
Get The Best Protection Possible
Today’s NASCAR drivers don’t race with the same safety belts that you have in your family vehicle. Instead, they use an advanced five-point harness along with the helmet in addition to the safety features built into their cars. No one takes the track trying to be in an accident, but if one happens they want the best protection possible.
Your favorite smiles deserve the highest level of protection, too.
Store-bought mouthguards are better than no protection at all, but there are drawbacks to these. Studies of athletes show that these bulky mouthguards can create problems with communication, drinking water, and even breathing in some instances.
Custom-fitted mouthguards, which we make at our office, provide the best protection, according to the ADA. These are more form-fitting, so they tend to be smaller and more comfortable than store-bought kinds. This also means athletes are more likely to wear them when they take to the court or the field.
Save Your Stars’ Smiles
Your favorite athletes aren’t the ones getting paid to play for a professional team. They are the ones you drive back and forth to games and practices every week. And you want them to keep those winning smile long after their playing days are over. A custom-fitted athletic mouthguard can reduce their risk of a dental injury.
To get this kind of protection, plan a visit to River Oaks Dental. Call 904-348-0416.