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.