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Sports Guards in The Woodlands

Sports injuries are one of the most causes of knocked out teeth, tooth fractures, soft tissue lacerations, and other oral mishaps. Athletes of all ages and levels of play should protect their smiles from the unexpected on the field, court, or track. Dr. Johnny Taylor provides custom-fit sports guards in The Woodlands.

The Need for Custom-Fit Sports Guards

You wouldn’t send a football player onto the field without pads and a helmet -- but skipping the mouth guard puts you or your young athlete at the same level of risk. Mouth guards are a crucial piece of gear for contact sports because they protect the sensitive tooth enamel from excessive impact. They also keep the soft tissues safe from lacerations, bleeding, and bruises.

In addition to protecting the mouth from injury, research actually shows that wearing a custom-fit mouth guard during contact sports reduces the incidence of concussion. Head injuries are an increasing concern, especially for young athletes. CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive disease that occurs due to repeated head injuries. The condition is associated with dementia, slowed speech, tremors, and more. Wearing a custom-fit sports guard over a one-size-fits-all model (or no mouth guard at all) can protect athletes’ heads and brains from concussion and associated problems.

Mouth guards are especially important for athletes of high contact sports, like boxing, football, and wrestling. But people who participate in sports like tennis, gymnastics, and track can also benefit from the use of a custom-fit mouthguard.

Creating Your Custom-Fit Sports Mouth Guard

A custom-fit mouth guard is specially made according to the needs of each athlete’s mouth. They are the most comfortable, most effective mouth guards available. And because they fit better than boil and bite or one-size-fits-all models, athletes are more likely to wear them during every game -- and that’s the most important aspect of a mouth guard’s success. To make your custom sports mouth guard, Dr. Taylor takes an impression of the athlete’s teeth and then creates the guard over the impression. After the new guard has been cast, you will try it on to make sure it fits like it should. You can begin wearing the mouth guard immediately.

How Long Sports Guards Last

Your custom-fit mouth guard should be replaced after every season. With the pressure placed on the guard during each game and practice, it will naturally wear down over time. Keep your teeth and gums safe by replacing your sports guard every six months, or as soon as you begin to notice any signs of wear. Children and adolescents may need more frequent replacements as their mouths are still growing and changing. Keep an eye on your child athlete’s mouth guard and watch out for any signs that it has lost its fit.

Schedule an Appointment for a Sports Guard Today

Athletes of all ages should protect their teeth, gums, and heads with a custom-fit sports guard. Are you or your favorite player ready for the upcoming season? Contact Johnny Taylor DDS to get fitted for a sports mouthguard in The Woodlands today.

Services from your Woodland Dentist

When you have a family to take care of, time can be in short supply. That’s why we provide a wide variety of dental services that can help smiles of all ages, eliminating tedious visits to other offices. From routine hygiene to revitalizing restorative care to Invisalign treatment and much more, Dr. Taylor, the dentist Woodlands residents trust, and his team have the skills and dedication needed to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

At the foundation of our services is your twice-yearly dental checkup. These appointments serve as the baseline from which we develop a treatment plan to help you maintain your best oral health. Beyond cleaning and polishing your teeth, one of our skilled hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Periodically, we will also take digital x-rays to find any concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity between two teeth or infection developing deep inside a tooth. Another very important component of a checkup is an oral cancer screening. This disease is highly treatable and curable when found early.

Similarly, other oral and dental health concerns are relatively easy to treat when found sooner rather than later. Some of the restorative treatments Dr. Taylor offers to repair your smile include:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dentures and Partials
  • All Porcelain Crown, Inlays and Onlays
  • Root Canals
  • CEREC one-visit crowns and other restorations
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

For those times when you want to enhance your smile, we have a number of cosmetic treatments. One of the most cost-effective is teeth whitening with Zoom! Whitening. In just one appointment, you can have a smile that is several shades brighter and whiter.

Have a chipped or slightly cracked tooth? Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to rebuild and reshape your tooth. If you have several teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped or slightly misaligned, then consider porcelain veneers. These coverings are adhesively bonded to your teeth, so you can present an aesthetically pleasing smile to family, friends and colleagues.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call our office in The Woodlands, TX today to schedule an appointment for yourself or another member of your family.

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It’s time to start enjoying a happier, healthier smile. Dr. Taylor and his team can’t wait to welcome you here in the Woodlands. Request an appointment today!

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