At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. Patients should think of custom mouth guards as a critical part of their protective gear.
Did you know- over 5 million teeth are knocked out per year? Many of these dental traumas happen on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth involves several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration amounts. Not to mention pain!
Most Alaska parents require their children and teens to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. Parents should also emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5-year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.
There are three main types of mouthguards:
- ready-to-wear. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
- boil and bite. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
We offer custom sports mouth guards which offer a higher level of comfort and fit than over the counter ones. Kids are more likely to wear a comfortable mouthguard. Leaving a mouth guard at home doesn’t protect them on the field – so comfort and fit matter.