Protect Your Teeth While Playing Sports With Mouthguards in Duvall, WADoctor Brandon Tyler on mouthguards Read Transcript
Mouthguards can help people maintain their teeth in a lot of ways. There's two types of mouthguards we work with. One are for athletic purposes or any sort of sports. The other is for people who grind their teeth or clench. I'll start with the athletic guards, and one of the biggest places I've seen problems is actually basketball. I have yet to have a tooth injury from football or soccer or anything else, but I see a lot of elbows from basketball, and people don't think of wearing an athletic guard while they're playing basketball or doing things like snow skiing or any of those other sports because it just hasn't been a normal thing. But I do see impacts on people's teeth from these activities.
A good-fitting, nice athletic guard can help minimize the impact on the teeth, prevent broken teeth. We've got unfortunate young kids who are destined for implants in the front of their mouth because they've broken teeth already in their life. So a good mouthguard for that purpose can help protect those teeth, prevent those problems, and maintain that smile a lot better for their lifetime. We can make one that's very comfortable, very custom fit, and a lot thinner and easier to wear than what people anticipate.
Everybody gets the NFL linebacker sort of mouthguard in their mind, and that's just not what they are. They can be a lot different and a lot more streamlined and a lot more comfortable for people than what they believe.
Along the lines of treating people with mouthguards for basically, at night, to prevent tooth grinding and clenching. That's eight hours of most people's day where they're not in control of what they're doing with their mouth, and unfortunately, there's a certain percentage of us that are just hardwired and programmed in here to have those habits of clenching or grinding back and forth, which has a big impact on teeth.
It can wear teeth down, it can fracture them. Once a crack is in a tooth, there's always a crack in that tooth, and there's no way we can completely stop it from progressing. So the best way to stop cracks and loss of teeth from cracks is to prevent them from ever occurring. So with the mouthguard, for nighttime use, we can provide a piece of nice, well-fitting plastic that the teeth wear against so that the teeth win against the plastic instead of a tooth winning against a tooth.
They wear out sometimes, but hey, better to wear that out than wear your teeth out.
If you play sports, you may protect yourself with gear like helmets, pads, and goggles. Yet many people leave their teeth unprotected. This despite the fact that up to 39 percent of all dental injuries are related to sports, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association. No matter which sport you play, we recommend wearing mouthguards in Duvall, WA.
We make custom mouthguards that perfectly fit your mouth. Unlike many models purchased from a sporting goods store, you won’t need to use the ineffective “boil-and-bite” method of adjusting fit. We can also easily accommodate braces and other orthodontia.
A custom mouthguard will:
- Protect your teeth from hard hits and other damage, so you can avoid costly restorative dentistry.
- Be comfortable to wear, so you’re not tempted to leave it on the sidelines.
- Allow you to breathe and speak easily while wearing it.
- Last longer than store-bought mouthguards.
If you need a custom athletic mouthguard, call 425-549-4668.
We Also Provide Custom Mouthguards to Prevent Teeth Grinding
We can also provide custom mouthguards that prevent teeth grinding (bruxism), a habit that not only damages your teeth by wearing down the enamel but can also aggravate TMJ-related jaw pain. These kinds of mouthguards are sold in retail stores, but they come in a confusing variety. Our dentists will examine you and take impressions of your teeth to ensure you get one that will suit your specific situation.
No matter which kind of mouthguard you are getting, we’ll use a digital scanner when taking impressions of your teeth. No more gagging on bad-tasting goop!
Take Good Care of Your Custom Mouthguards – and Your Teeth
With proper care, a custom mouthguard can last several years. You should:
- Wear It Whenever You Play – Whether it’s practice or a game, always wear it.
- Keep It Clean – After each use, clean it with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste or in cool, soapy water.
- Avoid Excess Heat – Avoid putting it in direct sunlight or using very hot water to clean it.
- Keep It Dry – Make sure it’s dry before storing it. Keep it in a perforated container so air can get to it.
- Let Us Check It – Bring it with you to your dental exams so we can check it for damage or excess wear.
Interested in mouthguards in Duvall? Call 425-549-4668.