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Keep Your Teeth Safe While Playing Winter Sports

Sports are a great way to keep your body and mind active and at Salem Dental Company, we encourage our patients to be as healthy as possible no matter what season! 

Winter sports are fantastic for the body but can sometimes be detrimental on the teeth if you don’t protect yourself. Are you an indoor or outdoor sports person? Maybe you like skiing, hockey, or snowboarding. Or perhaps, indoor sports like basketball or wrestling. No matter the Winter sport, you should consider protecting your teeth!

Would you get into a boxing ring without head protection? No way! Why play a sport that could get you jabbed or elbowed in the mouth without protecting your teeth? Our answer to teeth protection is simple: wear a mouthguard. 

What is a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. They typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you have braces or other dental appliances on your lower jaw, you may benefit from a mouth protector for those teeth as well.

Are There Different Types of Mouth Guards?

Yes! The mouth guard you choose will depend on the needs you have. Your guard should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable for you. It should also fit properly and not restrict your speech or breathing. 

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Custom-made mouth guards: These mouth guards are individually designed and made in a dentist’s office or even a professional dental laboratory. Because these mouth guards are designed specifically for the individual patient, they are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection of all of the different types. The dentist will make an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Because they fit and feel better, most athletes prefer customized mouth guards. However, they are also the most expensive of the three types.

  • Boil and bite mouth guards: These guards come in a pre-formed shape that can be altered by boiling the mouth guard in water, then biting into the warm plastic for a customized fit. They can be bought at a wide variety of sporting goods stores, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors (see below). Follow the directions carefully to avoid winding up with a poor-fitting mouth guard and starting from scratch.

  • Stock mouth guards: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well, leading to discomfort. They can be bulky and may make breathing and talking difficult, which isn’t ideal at anytime let alone when you are trying to focus on your sport.

Interested in Keeping Your Teeth Safe with a Mouth Guard?

Let us help! Dr. Dabah and his staff at Salem Dental Company are dedicated to providing every patient a comfortable and pleasant experience. Our office offers a variety of services to meet your dental needs. We accept many dental insurance plans and work hard to ensure you receive the best treatment available.

We can start by offering you a consultation. This will help ease your fears and allow you to meet us and discuss treatment prior to starting! We are always accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you! Call us today at (847) 882-8387 or fill out our online appointment request form.

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