There are more ways to exercise than ever before, from personal trainers to all-purpose gyms to recreational sports. At Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria we want to remind our patients that many activities pose a risk to teeth.
You may believe that mouthguards are only for boxers and pro football players. Actually, mouthguards can and should be used during any activity where impact to the face is possible.
This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, and volleyball, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.
Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
Custom-fitted mouthguards made by a dentist work the best.
If you have questions about sports dentistry or any other dental issues, please contact The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria. People from northern Virgina, Fairfax, and Prince William County come to our office for complete family dentistry. We are also one of the few practices in the country to emphasize special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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