If you or your child play contact sports like soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, skateboarding, martial arts, hockey, or lacrosse you require a mouthguard whether you have braces or not. Mouthguards help protect you or your child from sports injuries and chipped or cracked teeth. The American Dental Association estimates that sports mouthguards can prevent over 200,000 injuries. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out due to sports. Dr. Raymond Ribitch and his professional dental team offer custom sports mouthguards to patients in Mount Pleasant, MI.
Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
Patients receive many benefits from wearing a mouthguard during contact sports. Mouthguards provide:
- A secure and stable fit
- Protection from tooth loss
- A reduced chance of concussion
- Protection of dental work from damage
The “boil and bite” mouth guards found in stores often don’t offer a custom-fit like professional mouthguards. Without a perfect fit, over-the-counter mouthguards can fall out or make it more difficult to speak with them on. In addition, they also may not be as comfortable as custom professional mouthguards.
Professional mouthguards can prevent patients from resorting to restorative solutions later in life. Although our team does offer tooth bonding for chipped teeth and dental implants for missing teeth, we aim to protect healthy natural teeth. A preventative measure like a mouthguard can help save you money in the long run and can even reduce the chance of injury or concussion.
Treatment with Mouthguards
Dr. Ribitch will work with you or your child to create a sports mouthguard that fits comfortably. Before treatment he will take your budget, goals, and oral health into account. He will take a mold of teeth and send it to a lab to craft the final mouthguard. When the mouthguard arrives, he will ensure that it fits comfortably in your mouth so it doesn’t fall out. Patients should ensure that their mouthguard is cleaned regularly with an antibacterial solution and thoroughly cleaned once a month. Cleaning the mouthguard can help prevent bacteria from forming and keeps it fresh for regular use.
Request an Appointment Today
Do you need a custom mouthguard to wear during contact sports? Call Dr. Ribitch and his professional team for comfortable and comprehensive treatment today at (989) 200-3896. You can also schedule an appointment in our office online here.