Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury sustained during sports participation in America. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation, more than five million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year alone. This is no surprise seeing that the number of children participating in youth contact sports has risen significantly over the years.
The American Dental Association estimates that over 200,000 of these injuries are prevented each year by the use of sports mouthguards. A custom fitted mouthguard made by an experienced dental expert is the only way to guarantee a proper fit that will significantly reduce the chance of an injury.
Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
Dr. David Weinstock offers custom fit sports mouthguards for the protection of teeth during sports. They provide the most level of protection and wearer comfort for many reasons. Custom fit mouthguards offer many benefits to the athlete.
Secure fit for confident wear
Protects teeth from tooth loss
Protects past dental work from damage
Protects teeth surface from damage
More resilient than cheap mouthguards
Distributes and dissipates impact forces
Less likely to fall out than over the counter options
Can reduce the chance of concussion
Custom sports mouthguards are available for children and adults who participate in contact sports. To learn more about this option for protecting the health of your smile, ask Dr. Weinstock during an upcoming routine dentist appointment or schedule an office visit in our Philadelphia dentist office to begin the process of having one made. We welcome new patients of all ages.
Dr. Weinstock is the best dentist ever!! His knowledge and artistry are truly exceptional and his caring approach with patients always calming and comforting. Every staff member in his office is warm, friendly, and welcoming and it always feels like family whenever I'm there. Love you all and thank you!!!Barbara B.
Dr. Weinstock is the most amazingly knowledgeable and talented dentist I have ever come across. I have had many many complex dental issues over the years to the point that some dentists have been at a loss as to how to help me. Dr. Weinstock has not only helped my…Mary F.
I have always received compliments about my smile. I was blessed with straight white teeth and I never needed to wear braces. Growing up, I went to the dentist for regular cleanings and examinations. During my college years, I became lax about my dental care and, as a result, developed…Maryclaire C.
Sports Mouthguards What to Expect
The lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can approach several thousand dollars per tooth for the athlete who loses a tooth (or teeth) in a sporting injury. In fact, replacing a single knocked-out tooth will cost more than 20 times the preventive cost of a custom-fit, professional-grade mouthguard.
If you or your child plays soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, rollerblading, skateboarding, martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, roller hockey, ice hockey or lacrosse, wearing a custom fabricated mouthguard could significantly reduce the chance of dental injury and reduce the risk of concussion.
Over-the-counter, “boil-and-bite” type mouthguards do not fit as accurately as custom fabricated types. They are often uncomfortable and interfere with breathing and speaking. Boil-and-bite mouthguards provide a false sense of protection due to the dramatic decrease in thickness created when the athlete bites the softened mouthpiece into place.
Get Fitted Today For Your Custom Mouthguard
No child should be participating in sports without wearing a custom-made athletic guard. Especially when getting a custom one made at a dentist office is so easy. The process will only require two visits to our Philadelphia dental office.
Dr. Weinstock will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and mouth. The impressions are sent to our dental laboratory where it will be fabricated.
Once the mouthguard is returned to our office, we will check the fit and design of the mouthguard to ensure a quality, proper fit. Patients can then take their mouthguard home and enjoy the benefits of their custom-made oral appliance.
No. We do not recommend using a sports mouthguard for teeth grinding issues. They are specifically made for use during contact-sports play. You risk damaging your custom sports mouthguard if you use it improperly.
Custom mouthguards can effectively protect your teeth for up to 3 years before they need to be replaced. If you are getting a custom sports mouthguard for a developing child, you will need to replace it before every sports season.
Cleaning and maintaining a mouthguard is simple and does not require special chemicals or extra products. Rinse the mouthguard with cold water before and after every use. Use hand soap to remove bacteria and store it in a dry case. You can buy products to maintain your mouthguard, but they are not required. With due diligence, you can keep your mouthguard in top shape.