Protecting your oral health should be a high priority. Maintaining the health of your smile is extremely important because your oral health can actually affect your overall health. You should take precautions to protect your teeth, including wearing a mouthguard when you play sports.
Your mouth may suffer a number of serious issues if you play sports. For example, you could experience trauma which could even lead to a dislodged tooth. If this happens, you’ll need to have the tooth replaced. If you don’t, you could have to cope with a number of serious issues, such as bad breath, gum disease (which can actually lead to gum and heart disease), and your other teeth could shift out of place. So please remember to wear a mouthguard when you’re participating in sports—especially during contact sports.
There are a number of mouthguard options you can consider. For instance, you could choose a store-bought mouthguard. However, these can be uncomfortable and may not fit you well. You could also consider a boil-and-bite mouthguard, which will be more comfortable. Your best option may be to consider the benefits of a custom mouthguard made by our dentist. These mouthguards will fit more comfortably and provide better protection.
Do you have more questions about the benefits of any of these different mouthguards? Would you like to learn more about steps you could take to protect your pearly whites—whether during sporting activities or not? Are you simply interested in meeting with our dentist, Dr. Trace M. Lund? If so, we invite you to contact Provo Pediatric Dentistry by calling 801-373-4200. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you make the choice that best meets your needs. We’re excited to hear from you soon.