One of the most important pieces of equipment for any athlete is a mouthguard. It doesn’t matter if your sport is the track, curling, or underwater basket-weaving. There’s always a chance of damage to your teeth when you’re active, and you should do everything you can to prevent that damage from happening.
Dr. Steven Rodriguez & Associates at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake in Barton City, Michigan recommend a mouthguard for all sports for those reasons, but also for the other reasons we’ve listed below.
Why bother with a mouthguard?
Even if the sports or activities you’re involved in aren’t contact-driven, any physical activity presents a few certain risks. There’s always the risk of falling hard and either chipping or knocking out completely, a tooth. A mouthguard lessens or completely eliminates that possibility.
Makes you think about protecting your mouth
Wearing a mouthguard does a lot to protect your teeth, but perhaps the most notable is the fact that it helps make you conscious of your teeth. Wearing the mouthguard will help remind you to protect your mouth and teeth from hard impacts – intentional or accidental. Even when not wearing the mouthguard, you may find that the habits you developed crop up in other areas of your life.
Mouthguards are popular in sports for a reason, but they should be used on an even wider scale than they are now. We’ve seen them help save teeth, and that’s why we recommend them. If you have other questions, call us today at 989-736-7000.