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What would it be like if you suddenly found yourself missing a few teeth? Did you know that if you play sports, this is a real possibility? To help you keep your smile safe, we recommend wearing a mouthguard when you play any sport. Please don’t misunderstand; this includes contact sports like hockey and football, but also sports such as basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics.

But, which mouthguard will work best for you? In reality, you have three choices: custom, stock, and boil and bite mouthguards.

Unfortunately, not all mouthguards are created equal. Stock mouthguards tend to be too heavy and bulky and can make it difficult to breathe or speak. Boil and bite mouthguards usually fit better because they are softened, then bit into. This means they will at least have a shape similar to your smile. Still, the fit will not be perfect and they are made of lower-quality material than what a dentist can offer.

On the other hand, a dentist can create a custom mouthguard to fit your smile easily and comfortably. In fact, custom mouthguards are able to absorb impacts and distribute them well, meaning you are far less likely to suffer from tooth, tongue, cheek, or neck injury.

It is also important to care for your mouthguard properly, regardless of the type you choose. We recommend replacing your mouthguard when it becomes worn and that you not leave the mouthguard in hot water or in the sun. You should brush your mouthguard before and after you use it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Do you have more questions about the benefits of athletic mouthguards? If so, we invite you to contact us soon. We’re eager to hear from you.