Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

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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.

There are different types of mouthguard available. In fact, you can buy mouthguards at many stores. However, most of these mouthguards are made to fit everyone—meaning they won’t be a good fit for you. There is also the mouthguard that you boil and bite. This fits your mouth better but in reality a mouthguard from the dentist is your best option for the protection of your teeth.

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. Michael Hollingsworth, and our team will help with any questions and concerns you may have. Just contact Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788 to schedule an appointment.