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Athletic activities like basketball, wrestling, soccer, and football offer great opportunities for exercise, and can be wonderful confidence-boosters. While each of these sports requires different equipment for participation, there is one thing you shouldn’t forget when participating in any full-contact sport: a mouthguard.

What is a Mouthguard?

Sometimes confused with night guards, mouthguards are typically made out of a soft material that’s intended have some give to help protect your teeth during a sudden impact. Night guards, on the other hand, are made of harder material, like acrylic, since their main function is to prevent tooth grinding during sleep. While both teeth guards are beneficial, they each serve a very different purpose.

The Importance of Mouthguards

Specially made to absorb the majority of the impact, mouthguards prevent you from biting through your lip or breaking or losing teeth. Since the loss of a permanent tooth means a gaping hole in your mouth, and any other type of damage to your mouth can leave very visible and long-lasting damage, it’s best to invest in a mouthguard—it’s definitely a much less expensive option.

3 Types to Choose From

There are 3 main types of mouthguards to choose from, ranging in price and customization, so you can easily find the best fit for you. These include:

  • Stock
  • Boil and Bite
  • Custom Made

Want Your Teeth? Wear a Mouthguard!

Regardless of age, the risk of damaging your teeth is always present during athletic activity. If you want to protect your teeth, wear a mouthguard. Contact us to learn more!