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Mouthguards Not Just for Athletes Says Sudbury MA Dentist

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

mouthguards not just for athletes imageDid you know that April is National Facial Protection Month?

At the office of Dr. Janice Spada, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our patients that we offer custom-fitted Under Armour Performance mouthguards in Sudbury, MA.

Many patients assume that only those who participate in aggressive sports should wear a protective mouthguard.

Actually, the need for facial protection—including helmets and other gear—goes well beyond mouthguards and contact sports.  

Who Should Wear a Mouthguard?

It’s true that anyone, of any age, should wear a mouthguard while playing rougher sports, such as hockey, football, and rugby. Our custom mouthguards are appropriate for wear during any sport, even volleyball or basketball.

It takes only a single poorly timed play or collision to cause thousands of dollars in dental damages, necessitating dental implants, crowns, or porcelain veneers. Just because your sport of choice isn’t necessarily known for aggressive plays doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen.

I Don’t Play Sports. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mouthguard?

Along with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry, we encourage kids and adults both to take all necessary precautions to protect them from injuries while enjoying an active lifestyle—and that includes any type of physical activity, including hiking and martial arts.

If anyone in your family skateboards or rollerblades, a mouthguard should be worn along with a helmet. It’s also a good idea to wear a mouthguard and helmet when cycling, whether in the bike lane or on more treacherous terrain.

How Does a Mouthguard Protect Me?

Compared to one-size-fits-all and boil and bite mouthguards purchased in stores, a custom mouthguard offers superior comfort and protection, and it is less likely to interfere with the wearer’s ability to speak and breathe.

An optimal fit also prevents uncomfortable rubbing and gouging, so there are fewer objections to wearing the mouthguard as directed. When worn properly, your mouthguard fits snugly over your upper teeth, cushioning the teeth and gums from physical blows.

As a result, you are less likely to sustain broken or knocked-out teeth, damage to the soft tissues in your mouth, or any other type of dental emergency.

 

Even a minor head injury or minor dental injury can have major consequences for your health and the health of your family. To learn more about custom Under Armour Performance mouthguards, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our Sudbury, MA dentist office at (978) 443-3111. We welcome patients of all ages living in Marlborough, Worcester, Framingham, Boston, and the surrounding areas. 

Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Dental Care, Mouthguards

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