Safety is an important part of any sport. Taking care to ensure your safety is essential for your health and having a good time. When it comes to protecting yourself as you play your favorite sport, the right equipment is everything. At Victor Nitu DDS, we can help you to protect your mouth with a custom mouthguard.
Protecting Your Oral Health
A helmet is a common piece of protective equipment that protects your head from injuries while playing sports. While it can protect against many issues, it cannot protect your mouth. Facial injuries can result in serious dental and oral injuries. With a mouthguard, you can protect against many of these issues, including tooth damage, tooth loss, bone fractures, and jaw dislocation. A high-quality mouthguard can also reduce your risk for a concussion.
Why You Need a Custom Fit Mouthguard
We can help you to effectively protect your teeth, jawbone, and intraoral tissues with a custom fit mouthguard. This is a mouthguard that we create just for you. It is made using an impression of your mouth, which ensures a proper fit. We also use the highest quality materials for optimal protection.
Can’t I Buy One at the Store?
Many sporting goods stores carry different types of mouthguards. Common types include stock and boil and bite. These types of mouthguards cost less than a custom fit mouthguard, but they are not always the best solution. For instance, stock mouthguards are already molded. This means it may not fit correctly in your mouth. This can cause serious problems, including increasing your risk of injuries. Store-bought mouthguards also may not be able to properly accommodate orthodontic appliances, which can be a problem for children who wear braces and play sports for school.
Is a Custom Mouthguard Covered by Insurance?
While custom mouthguards may cost more than the ones you can buy at a store, it may be possible to have some of the cost covered by insurance. Many insurance companies provide at least some coverage for these protective appliances. Check with your insurance company to find out if a mouthguard is covered and, if so, how much of the cost is covered.
How Often Should a Mouthguard be Replaced?
At the very least, your mouthguard should be replaced every season. Your mouthguard can wear down over time, which reduces its effectiveness and leaves you at a greater risk for serious injuries. It would help if you also looked over your mouthguard periodically, looking for signs of wear or damage. Any damage can reduce the effectiveness of your mouthguard, so it should be replaced at the first signs.
Taking care of your mouthguard is also important to ensure that it provides your mouth with the best protection. Make sure that you rinse it off before and after each use. Use soap and water occasionally to clean it thoroughly. When not in use, store it in a hard, protective case. It would help if you also kept it out of high heat and direct sunlight.
If you or your child play a sport, particularly one with a higher risk of injury, a mouthguard is a must. To schedule your appointment for your custom mouthguard, call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.