Many people require a mouth guard, and while they can sometimes be bought from a pharmacy, it is always in the person’s best interest to seek the services of a dentist. A mouth guard can be custom made with a plastic material that is stronger and more durable than anything that can be bought over the counter, so this is something you should consider if you need one.

Do you need a mouth guard? If you grind or clench your teeth, a mouth guard can protect you from the risk of injury.  A mouth guard can also reduce snoring and relieve some of the problems associated with obstructive sleep apnea. For these reasons, we recommend an appointment with one of our dentists if you’re living in the Spokane, Washington area.

But what about athletic mouth guards? What are they and why would you need one? Let’s take a look.


What Are Athletic Mouth Guards?

Athletic mouth guards are not dissimilar to mouth guards used for other purposes, but their main purpose is to protect players engaged in contact sports. There is a high risk of injury when playing such sports as hockey, basketball, and soccer, but chances of a mouth injury can be drastically reduced when wearing an athletic mouth guard. 

While players can buy these mouth guards from their local sports store or pharmacy, it is always better to have one custom-made. The player will then have something fitted to the exact requirements of their mouth, and they will have the added protection that a bespoke mouth guard can provide. 

If you regularly play sports in or around Spokane, Washington, get in touch with us. At the Dental Care of Spokane, we can provide you with an athletic mouth guard that is suited for your personal needs. 


Why Should I Get An Athletic Mouth Guard?

The reason is obvious. As we discussed, you will avoid the risk of an injury to your teeth and mouth when you wear an athletic mouth guard. Think of it as the final touch to your sports uniform.

Without an athletic mouth guard, you could be at risk of tooth and jaw fracture, tooth displacement, and injuries to your tongue. You could also lose your teeth while playing, accidentally cause a bite injury to another player, and scar your face after biting down on your lips! These are all risks when playing any kind of contact sport, so for the long term future of your teeth and mouth, you should never neglect an athletic mouth guard while playing.

Of course, in many contact sports, athletic mouth guards are mandatory, so you will be required to wear one. Some players complain about this, and this is often because they find mouth guards uncomfortable to wear. However, with a customized athletic mouth guard from your dentist, discomfort won’t be an issue, as it will be made to fit the exact specifications of your mouth. 


Getting An Athletic Mouth Guard

The process is simple. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth, and a dental technician will then use the mold to create an athletic mouth guard that is a perfect fit for you. It will be made using strong, durable plastic, and will be created with your comfort in mind. After ordering it for you, your dentist will then ask you to book another appointment for the fitting. Here, you will be given advice on how to wear it correctly, and how to maintain and clean it properly. 

If you have any further questions, or if you would like to book an appointment for a mouth guard fitting, contact us today, and we will be very happy to help you.