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Whether you’re an avid athlete or enjoy the occasional sports activity, the importance of protecting your smile during physical activity cannot be overstated. At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Charleston, we are committed to not only enhancing the beauty of your smile but also ensuring its safety. One of the simplest yet most effective tools in our arsenal for protecting your oral health is the athletic mouthguard. Let’s dive into why an athletic mouthguard is a crucial piece of equipment for anyone engaging in sports.

The Role of Athletic Mouthguards

Athletic mouthguards are designed to fit over your teeth, providing a protective barrier that absorbs and distributes the force of impacts that can occur during sports activities. These impacts can come from contact with other players, sports equipment, or even the ground, posing a risk to your teeth, jaw, and overall oral health.

Benefits of Wearing an Athletic Mouthguard

  1. Injury Prevention: The primary benefit of wearing a mouthguard is the prevention of oral injuries. Mouthguards can help protect against chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. They are essential for contact sports like football, basketball, and soccer, but also beneficial for non-contact sports where accidental impacts can still occur.
  2. Concussion Reduction: Research suggests that mouthguards can play a role in reducing the risk and severity of concussions. By absorbing and distributing the force of a blow, mouthguards can lessen the impact transferred to the skull, potentially lowering the chances of a concussion.
  3. Cost-Effective Protection: Considering the cost of dental repairs following an injury, a mouthguard is a highly cost-effective investment. The expense of treating a dental injury can far exceed the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard designed to protect your teeth.
  4. Custom Fit for Comfort and Effectiveness: While over-the-counter mouthguards are available, a custom-fitted mouthguard provided by your dentist offers the best protection, comfort, and fit. Custom mouthguards are designed to fit the unique contours of your mouth, ensuring that they stay securely in place and don’t obstruct breathing or speaking.

Types of Athletic Mouthguards

  • Stock Mouthguards: Pre-formed and ready to wear, these are the least expensive but also the least comfortable and effective.
  • Boil and Bite Mouthguards: These offer a better fit than stock mouthguards as they can be softened in hot water and then molded to the shape of your teeth by biting down.
  • Custom-Fitted Mouthguards: Made by a dentist from a mold of your teeth, these provide the best fit, comfort, and protection.

Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry’s Commitment

At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we advocate for the use of custom-fitted mouthguards, especially for athletes and individuals who participate in sports regularly. Our process involves taking an impression of your teeth to create a mouthguard that fits perfectly, offering maximum protection without compromising comfort. We believe that protecting your oral health is just as important as improving it, and a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard is a critical tool in that protection.

Get Your Custom Mouthguard in Charleston

An athletic mouthguard is an essential piece of sports equipment that should never be overlooked, regardless of the level at which you participate in sports. Its benefits extend beyond simply protecting your teeth; it can save you from costly dental repairs and contribute to your overall well-being. At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Charleston, we’re here to help you stay safe while you stay active. Contact us today to learn more about custom-fitted athletic mouthguards and how they can be a game-changer in protecting your smile.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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