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.

Luckily, there are different type of mouthguards available. For example, you could choose to buy a mouthguard at a store—however, these generally don’t fit your unique smile well, and therefore offer limited protection. You could also choose boil and bite mouthguards, which are also popular because they create a better fit. However, in reality, a mouthguard you get from your dentist is your best option because it is custom made for 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. Allan Stevenson, and our team will help with any questions and concerns you may have. Just contact Trailridge Family Dental at 208.806.0765 to schedule an appointment.