The spring sports season is underway, but there’s still time to swap out your student-athlete’s store-bought mouthguard for one that offers better protection. At Carmichael Dental Care, we like to think of mouthguards as just another piece of sporting equipment — one that can help prevent dental injuries and costly curative procedures.

We provide athletic mouthguards that are custom-made to the exact specifications of your mouth or that of your student-athlete! When mouthguards fit properly, they’ve been shown to prevent dental injuries and even minimize the risk of concussion. And the only way to ensure that a mouthguard fits properly is to have a trained professional like Dr. Swartzentruber and Dr. Keahey oversee its creation!

Read on to learn more about athletic mouthguards. Then, give our Montgomery, AL office a call at 334-600-1423 to schedule an appointment.

Benefits For Every Athlete

Of course, an athletic mouthguard may seem like a no-brainer if you’re participating in a contact sport. In fact, some athletic conferences have begun to mandate them for some sports, such as football and lacrosse.

But it’s important to remember that dental injuries can happen in any competitive or recreational activity! If your son or daughter is an avid mountain biker or gymnast, they’re not immune to dental disaster. Consider choosing a custom athletic mouthguard for these activities as well.

And if you want to know whether the athlete in your life can benefit from a protective mouthpiece, consult with your coach or team handbook. You can also give us a call and talk with one of our experts! Because our mouthguards are custom-made, we can adjust the thickness and level of protection so it’s appropriate for your activity.

Caring For Your Mouthguard

When it comes to athletic mouthguards, you get what you pay for. It’s tempting to pick up a $5 one-size-fits-all mouthguard, but these devices hardly ever fit well. In fact, their poor fit can leave you more susceptible to dental injuries than if you weren’t wearing one at all!

We think of custom mouthguards as a small insurance policy for your smile. You pay a little up front for superior protection on the field or on the court. The quality of protection is worth it — and so is the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re doing something good for your smile!

So, when you get a custom mouthguard, you’ll want to take care of it.

Here are some tips for caring for your athletic mouthguard.

  • Rinse the mouthguard before and after each use.
  • Store it in a clean, sturdy container with holes or vents so it can air dry. This helps prevent bacterial growth.
  • Try not to chew on your mouthguard, as it can compromise its structure and ability to protect your smile.
  • Similarly, keep it out of reach of pets.
  • Once the mouthguard starts showing signs of wear, or if it no longer fits as well as it once did, talk with your dentist.

Excellent Care No Matter The Season

It’s important to remember that wearing a protective mouthguard is just one way to prevent dental complications! At Carmichael Dental Care, we’re proud to provide high-quality, comfortable preventative dental care in Montgomery, AL. Team up with us, and we’ll help you achieve a winning smile no matter the season.

Call us at 334-600-1423 to schedule an appointment, or use our online form.