Health

Mouthguard an essential piece of athletic gear

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While most patients know better than to play football without a helmet or hockey without protective gear, they are surprisingly less consistent when it comes to protecting their smiles.

But a custom-made mouthguard should also be considered an essential piece of athletic gear.

For patients under the age of 25, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of tooth loss, and more than 20 percent of sports injuries involve the face, said Dr. Tim Stirneman of the Lake in the Hills-based Compassionate Dental Care.

That’s why it is essential they wear a comfortable, effective sportsguard during any athletic activity where their smile may come in contact with other players, sports equipment, or hard surfaces.

While there are several types of mouthguards, the best mouthguard is one that has been custom made for you by a dentist based on a detailed model taken of your mouth and teeth.

Already use a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard? During your regular dental checkup, bring your mouthguard in for an evaluation to determine if it is the right time to get a replacement. The best way to protect your teeth is by wearing a mouthguard that fits properly.

You can easily care for your mouthguard between dental visits by rinsing the appliance after each use or brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Helping individuals maintain their healthiest smile for life is a top priority at Compassionate Dental Care. That’s why the team encourages every patient to take full advantage of the numerous general and preventive dentistry services offered at the family-friendly dental practice.

If you are an athlete, make sure to ask about Compassionate Dental Care’s custom crafted athletic mouthguards during your next checkup.

Compassionate Dental Care: 261 North Randall Road, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156 : 224.249.3113 : https://www.mycompassionatedentist.com

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