When To Get a Mouthguard

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If you ever watch professional sports, you’ve seen athletes playing with their mouthguards. These guys and girls obviously need a mouthguard – but do you know when to get one for yourself?

Well, it depends on what you’re doing, and the risk presented to your teeth. Let’s take a few moments to look at when to get a mouthguard and the type that’s the best fit for you.

When you need one
Any sport in which your teeth are at risk of being hit and damaged is one where you need a mouthguard. You can’t afford to not have one. Often, a dentist will see knocked-out, cracked, or chipped teeth as a result of not wearing a mouthguard during these sports.

Additionally, if you participate in any other sports or activities where there’s a risk to your teeth getting damaged, Dr. Christopher Pavletic strongly recommends you get a mouthguard.

What type should I get?
Once you’ve realized that you need a mouthguard, you probably think that you can just go to your local sporting goods store and pick up a boil and bite guard. These are good in a pinch, but you’ll see the best results if you come into our office at Trine Dental Group in Orland Park, Illinois, and get fitted for a custom mouthguard.

This ensures that your guard is made to protect your mouth specifically, and not mass-produced to match a wide range of possible mouth sizes. The comfort level is the biggest difference for most people since a custom mouthguard is just that – custom.

If you have other questions or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 708-448-2588.