In Florida, sports are a year-round activity. If you or someone you cares about plays any high-impact sport, then we strongly encourage you to wear an athletic mouthguard whenever you practice or compete.
Not sure if you are playing a high-impact sport. Then ask yourself if your sport involves any of the following:
- Physical contact between athletes
- Frequent changes in speed and/or direction
- Jumping often
- Flying objects (such as balls, discs, or pucks)
If you are doing one or more of those things, then you should be wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard, which we’ll be happy to make at either office of George A. Hoop, DDS.
Call 239-734-7737 to visit us in Naples or Fort Myers, FL.
Have Fun … But Play Safe
Playing sports is fun, and it’s a great motivation to keep in shape. There are a lot of reasons to participate in any number of activities from basketball to skateboarding to cheerleading.
But we also understand that all of these kinds of activities come with a risk of injury. For basketball players, accidental elbows can cause dental injuries. Skateboarders know that falling is part of getting better, which is why they wear protective gear already. Cheerleaders do all kinds of flips, jumps, and spins that can go wrong.
This also illustrates why the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and other professional dental groups advocate wearing a mouthguard during nearly all sports.
Just like when you are driving, no one wants to be in an accident. Even so, you take precautions just in case. In a car, that means wearing your seat belt. On the field, that means wearing a properly fitting mouthguard.
Choose The Right Protection For Your Teeth
Athletes who wear mouthguards are 60 times less likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who don’t, according to the ADA.
Any mouthguard may be better than no mouthguard at all, but that does not mean all mouthguards are the same. You have options of stock, boil-and-bite, or custom-fitted mouthguards.
Stock mouthguards come in standard shapes and sizes. This can cause them to feel loose or feel uncomfortable in your mouth.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are a step up. They can be molded to a degree to fit your teeth. The problem is they often tend to be bulkier, too. This can cause problems with talking to teammates, drinking water, or breathing.
You can avoid those kinds of problems by getting a personalized mouthguard from one of Dr. Hoop’s office. These are molded to fit your teeth. This means they are smaller, more comfortable, but also provide better protection against dental injuries. You can breathe, drink, and speak without removing these mouthguards, which also makes them more likely to be worn when they should be.
Keep Your Winning Smile
Every practice and every game ends at some time. No matter what the outcome on the court or the field, we want to help you protect your winning smile. Stop by our offices in Naples and Fort Myers, FL to get your athletic mouthguard soon. Call 239-734-7737 or contact us online.