At WisconsinSmiles, we encourage our patients and their families to live an active lifestyle. But we also caution them to think about their oral health when they are playing sports. According to the American Dental Association, almost a third of dental injuries are a result of an athletic endeavor.
Whether you are on a sports team or just a weekend warrior, find out more about sports dentistry and how you can protect your smile by contacting WisconsinSmiles in Milwaukee, WI.
The Importance of Mouthguards in Collision Sports
Dental injuries, including broken and chipped teeth, cracked crowns or bridgework, root damage to teeth, and others, are common among athletes—regardless of whether they are professionals or amateurs.
The fact is that any kind of contact sport is a dental injury waiting to happen, which is why mouthguards are so crucial. Some reports claim that as many as 75 percent of dental injuries that are sports-related occur because players were not wearing a mouthguard. Other estimates are that mouthguards could prevent as many as 200,000 injuries a year.
Although “boil and bite” mouthguards are available at any sporting goods store, these tend to be less comfortable than custom mouthguards. Uncomfortable mouthguards tend not to be worn, putting players at risk. A custom mouthguard fits well, so players are more apt to wear it, and because of its custom fit, these mouthguards do a better job protecting the teeth and jawbone.
Protect Your Oral Health with a Mouthguard
To find out more about sports dentistry and getting a custom mouthguard, we invite you to contact our Milwaukee, WI practice. Dr. Roberto Monteagudo is well known in the state of Wisconsin for his work with Pure Power Mouthguards, designed for players in the National Football League as well as other sports.
Don’t risk your oral health on your love of sports. Call us today about getting a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw.