A custom-crafted mouthguard from Dr. McLeod helps to protect your teeth from injury while playing sports. In adolescents and adults, sports injuries rank as the primary cause of oral injuries to the teeth and mouth. As many as 40 percent of oral injuries to adults and older adolescents occur while playing sports. To keep your smile looking and feeling its best, you need to wear a custom-made mouthguard, not one from the store.
Advantages of Wearing a Custom Mouthguard
A mouthguard custom-made by Dr. McLeod offers several advantages when protecting the long-term health of your teeth and gums that include:
- Wearing a mouthguard helps to reduce the damage taken by a blow to the face. This reduces the risk of a cracked, chipped, or dislodged tooth.
- Research has shown that wearing a mouthguard reduces the risk of concussion by absorbing the shock caused by a direct blow to the jaw.
- A mouthguard offers protection to the lips, cheeks, and tongue.
- For patients wearing braces, a mouthguard can prevent damage to wires and brackets while also acting as a barrier between the lips, cheeks, and gums and the metal braces.
Grinding your teeth at night while sleeping creates additional strain that increases your risk of chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Nightly grinding, a condition known as bruxism, can undermine your long-term oral health if not treated. To prevent wear due to grinding, Dr. McLeod can fit patients with a custom nightguard. Worn like a mouthguard, the device prevents your teeth from rubbing together, eliminating the friction that causes enamel to break down.