Custom Sportsguards in Kansas City
The leading causes of tooth loss for people under the age of 25 are sports-related injuries, and nearly half of all sports accidents involve facial trauma. With startling statistics such as these, it’s surprising how inconsistently athletes remember to wear mouthguards. Commonly, patients complain that store bought guards are uncomfortable, gag them, or make it difficult to breathe during athletic competition. At Byars Dental, we offer a variety of custom-crafted sportsguards to comfortably protect patients’ smiles during any athletic event. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
When to Wear a Guard
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Medicine indicate mouthguards for wear during any athletic competition where patients’ smiles may come in contact with hard surfaces, sports equipment, or other players. Most patients are well aware that wearing a mouthguard while playing football, hockey, or other contact sports is necessary, but mouthguards are also recommend for patients who engage in any of the following activities:
- Equestrian Events
- Martial Arts
Don’t chew your mouthguard. Contact our office right away if you notice tears, holes, cracks, or warping in your mouthguard. When not fully functional, the guard is not as effective and can irritate gums. Rinse your mouthguard using cold water before and after each use. Don’t use warm water as this can cause the mouthguard to warp. Regularly brush your mouthguard using toothpaste, rinse it completely, and store it in a container that allows for air flow. Never expose mouthguards to high temperatures or place in direct sunlight.