Young athletes, adults, and weekend warriors all have one thing in common – they need to protect their mouths from serious injury during their high-octane activities. You can count on your Oregon City dental team to provide up-to-date preventative care that keeps your teeth healthy and beautiful.
One of our biggest concerns as dental professionals is seeing patients who have had trauma to their teeth. Trauma can not only cause your teeth to be knocked out, but it can also cause teeth to abscess. The best way to protect your teeth is by investing in a custom athletic mouthguard. At Oregon City Family Dentistry, our dental mouthguards protect your mouth, teeth, lips, and gums from trauma, and they can reduce the risk of concussion.
Studies by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association have proven that mouthguards greatly reduce the risk of facial injuries. Most states mandate that elementary, high school, and college students involved in contact sports like football, lacrosse, and hockey wear a mouthguard.
Since mouthguards and facemasks were mandated in sports like football, oral-facial injuries have decreased substantially. According to the National Federal of State High School Associations, before the use of mouthpieces and facemasks, about 50 percent of the injuries in football games were oral-facial. Now only 1 percent of injuries are oral-facial. All students involved in athletics, like football in Oregon, are required to wear mouthguards during games and practices.
There is an important difference between dental mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards. The boil-and-bite mouthguards do not properly fit to your bite or your teeth. When the mouthguard is not properly fitted, it is less effective in absorbing any contact, and it can also possibly obstruct the airways. The reduced oxygen levels can make it difficult to perform or communicate with your teammates.
By having an athletic dental mouthguard created at our office, you can have a mouthguard that fits perfectly and actually increases your performance. The mouthguards are designed in a way that places the jaw in more appropriate position to open the airways. This additional benefit is the reason that so many professional players involved in non-contact sports, like basketball, tennis, or soccer, are using mouthguards in every game!
Having a mouthguard fitted in our office is very simple. First, we take an impression of your teeth. Our impressions are very accurate and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Using the mold from your teeth, we will then craft a custom mouthguard that fits perfectly to your teeth and bite. You don’t have to worry about the mouthguard slipping around or extending way past your molars.
While our main attention is the function of the mouthguard, we can design the mouthguard in any color you wish. We have even put kids’ favorite sports team or logo on our mouthguards!
If your children are involved in sports, or if you are a regular athlete, this custom mouthguard is for you. Call our office at
503-656-8250 or schedule your first appointment with us using our online appointment form.
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