The Importance of Mouthguards

Posted .

As you may know, it is highly recommended that athletes wear mouthguards during high-contact sports. Other sports may seem like you won’t need a mouthguard—but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wear one. As you know, mouthguards protect your smile and teeth, and as a general rule, should be worn during intense physical activity.

Fortunately, there are many different kinds of mouthguards available to the general public. If you buy a generic mouthguard, it tends to not fit your mouth well, meaning it leaves your smile more vulnerable to injury. Another choice would be the boil and bite mouthguard. These are popular because they usually create a better fit. However, a custom made mouthguard from our dentist will be best at protecting your smile.

Custom guards are designed to be comfortable and to offer you the most protection possible. They can even help improve your performance because they do allow for more oxygen to flow through your mouth. Similarly, unlike store-bought mouthguards, custom guards do not affect speech.

If you are interested in learning more about your mouthguard options, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Lewis, and our team will help with any questions and concerns you may have. Just contact Lewis Family Dentistry at 910.488.0518 to schedule an appointment.