With the madness that arrives every March in these parts and the start of Spring training (hopefully) just around the corner, now is a good time to remind you of sports mouthguards.
While they are standards for combat and most contact sports, they also are recommended for all high-impact sports by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Here are some questions to help you determine if you need athletic mouthguards for your sport of choice.
Does Your Sport Involve Contact?
Physical contact occurs in many sports. If it does, then it creates opportunities for collisions and accidental elbows.
Does Your Sport Involve Running?
More specifically, does your sport include frequent changes in speed or direction? All of those affect your joints, including the joints in your jaw.
Do You Jump While Playing Your Sport?
As with changes in speed and direction, jumping and landing affect your joints.
Does Your Sport Include Flying Objects?
Not UFOs. Do you throw, kick, or hit a ball? Do you need to catch something or avoid something?
Basically, if you answered yes to one of these questions, you should probably be wearing an athletic mouthguard. The best protection comes from custom mouthguards, and we can make them for you.