If you or your child are planning for an active summer full of sporting and recreational activities in Tuscaloosa, you may want to plan for a sportsguard. Sportsguards are flexible, plastic devices that you can wear to protect your teeth, lips, mouth, and jaw. When you’re involved in baseball, softball, football, soccer, or any contact sport, you are in danger of injuring your mouth, making it crucial to safeguard against these injuries.
Sportsguards Can Protect
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) encourages kids to “play it safe” and consistently wear sportsguards and other protective gear during competitions and practices. But even if you don’t have braces, sportsguards can provide valuable protection against injuries that can stay with you for a lifetime.
Sportsguards cover your teeth including your gums and are mainly worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of a sudden, strong blow. When you are hit by a flying elbow, baseball or other object, the energy of the impact is transferred to your jaw and skull. The thick, flexible material of a sportsguard can absorb that force and disperse the energy decreasing the strength of the shock wave. This absorption eliminates the negative effects, injury or damage to your mouth, jaw and skull. Specifically, sportsguards can prevent some of the following common sports-related injuries:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Fractured crowns or bridgework
- Lip and cheek injuries
- Root damage to the teeth
- Fractured jaws
The American Dental Association recommends the use of sportsguards in 29 total sports. Here are some statistics that reflect the importance of using a sportsguard:
- An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard! -American Dental Association
- It is estimated that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. -Academy of General Dentistry
- Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year. -U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Victims of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 to $20,000 per tooth! – National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety
How Sportsguards Are Made
All guards for your mouth are not made equal. Cheap, plastic mouth guards are sold in sporting stores across the county. Usually you take them home, boil them in water, and then bite down on them to hopefully “fit” them to your mouth. However, these guards often do not fit properly. They’re not only uncomfortable to wear but also not as effective.
Custom-made and fitted sportsguards can be made at a Tuscaloosa dentist’s office. Dr. Skalnik at Dental Care South will create a mold of your exact tooth structure and then use a laboratory to custom-create your plastic sportsguard guaranteeing a proper fit and the most comfort possible.
Get A Custom Sportsguard At Dental Care South
Don’t wait until summer sports are here to learn about a sportsguard for you or your child. If you have questions about whether a sportsguard is right or you, give Dental Care South a call at (205) 752-1929. Our team can answer all your questions and schedule a consultation with you to assess your needs.