Top Advantages Of Wearing A Mouthguard When Playing Sports

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If you play a lot of contact sports, you might want to consider investing in a quality mouthguard. Many people try to get away from wearing an extra piece of equipment, but there are real benefits to adding a mouthguard to your gym bag! Even in sports where a mouthguard may not be required, it can still be a good idea to slip one of these in your mouth while playing.


To convince you to invest in a mouthguard, here are the top advantages of wearing one while playing sports: 


Protect the Teeth

Of course, the first and most obvious benefit of wearing a mouthguard is the ability to protect your teeth from getting chipped or cracked. They even minimize tooth loss in contact sports. With your teeth protected inside the mouthguard, you’re likely to spend less on dental care for implants, crowns, and more as the years go on. 


Keep in mind that you might end up spending more money on dental care if you choose not to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a relatively inexpensive investment that can protect your teeth from long-term and expensive damage. Your smile will thank you for taking care of it in this simple way, and so will your wallet. 


Protect the Mouth

While protecting the teeth is often the first concern, mouthguards protect the face as well. Playing sports without a mouthguard could result in severe damage to the face. Hits can force the teeth into the lips or mouth, leading to cuts and bruises. Mouthguards prevent these types of accidents. 


They can be particularly helpful for anyone who has orthodontia on their teeth which can cut the skin on the inside of the mouth easily. Not to mention, a well-fitted mouthguard can also protect the brackets from damage and minimize the amount of time you have to spend in the dental chair getting your braces fixed. 


Minimize Concussions

Did you know that wearing a mouthguard can also minimize your risk of concussions? If you’re actively involved in a contact sport, you should be doing everything you can to protect your brain and head from impacts and injuries that can have long-lasting effects. If you take a hard fall or a jolt to the head, mouthguards act as a buffer that can sometimes make head injuries less severe. 


In addition, mouthguards can reduce the risk of jaw fractures and other types of bone damage associated with the mouth. Even the neck can benefit from your wearing a mouthguard during impact from another player. 


Make Your Smile Shine

It just makes sense to wear a mouthguard when you think about all the benefits. You can preserve your smile, protect the mouth, and minimize more serious injuries like concussions. If you decide to get a well-fitted mouthguard, contact East Kildonan Dental Group to be your new dental clinic in Winnipeg to help you take care of your smile.

Article written by East Kildonan Dental

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