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Custom Mouthguards: Make the Best Choice For Your Smile | Aaron Farrokh

Learn everything you need to know about custom athletic mouthguards from East Cedar Dental. We want our clients to make the best decisions regarding their oral care, so here is everything you need to know to make an informed decision about purchasing custom mouthguards.

What is an athletic mouthguard?

Mouthguards are specially designed pieces of equipment that protect your mouth and teeth from the risk of injury. Contact sports players usually wear athletic mouthguards, but anyone who participates in sports can benefit from wearing a mouthguard. In addition, athletic mouthguards help keep athletes smiling!

smile protection while playing sports

Sports-related oral injuries can be very costly in terms of time lost from play, medical expenses, and dental treatment. So whether you’re an athlete or parent of one, it’s essential to understand what risk is involved with not wearing a mouthguard.

Why are athletic mouthguards important?

Any sport can create a risk for both the athletes playing as well as their opponents. Injuries such as broken teeth, chipped teeth, teeth displacement, fractured teeth, or loss of teeth altogether can occur while playing sports. That’s why wearing a mouthguard is so important! Athletic mouthguards reduce the risk of injury by limiting jaw movement, which reduces the impact of the teeth on the inside of the mouth.

Should I get a mouthguard from the dentist?

Yes! It would be best if you got a custom mouthguard from your dentists. Custom mouthguards are superior to over-the-counter guards because your dentist will be able to take into account each player’s individual needs. Allowing your dentist to make you a custom guard will ensure the best quality and effectiveness. While over-the-counter athletic mouthguards are cheaper, they aren’t as helpful as custom-made ones. 

Custom mouthguards are made from an exact model of the client’s teeth. These custom mouthguards are made with tear-resistant materials and are easy to clean.  Also, working with a dentist means that every time your teeth move or grow, you can get your mouth guard adjusted to fit perfectly again.

dentist helping a man get a custom mouthguard in Newington, CT

Take into consideration that online and over-the-counter mouthguards will not last as long and will not protect your teeth as well. Wearing online and over-the-counter mouth guards can still lead to mouth injuries while playing sports, especially if they do not fit your teeth properly. Custom mouthguards will save you much more money in the long run.

What sports require you to wear a mouthguard?

Contact sports usually require you to wear a mouthguard. The American Dental Association recommends wearing a custom mouthguard for all of these sports:

  • Acrobats
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Shot Putting
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Remember, once your teeth are damaged, they don’t grow back. So make the best choice and get a custom mouthguard so you can continue playing the sport you love!

custom mouthguards for all ages

The best dental care in Newington, Connecticut!

East Cedar Dental can make custom mouthguards for all ages. We want our local athletes to keep on smiling, so let us know how we can serve our community. We offer expert oral care and a friendly smile. If you want to know more, call us at (860) 667-0875 or send us an email at!

About the Doc: Dr. Farrokh began his career by earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in New York in 1998. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington.