At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients. We want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. Patients should think of custom mouthguards as a critical part of their protective gear.
Did you know- over 5 million teeth are knocked out per year? Many of these dental traumas happen on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth involves several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration amounts. Not to mention pain!
Most parents require their children and teens to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. Parents should also emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5-year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.
There are three main types of mouthguards:
- ready-to-wear. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
- boil and bite. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
We offer custom sports mouthguards, that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard.
Mouth protection is extremely essential for patients with braces or fixed bridge work.
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