Custom Mouth Guard Solutions
Dental Mouth Guard Protection for Sports
Though a sports mouth guard can be purchased in a sporting goods store, the most effective dental guard comes from your dentist and is ultra-customized for a comfortable fit and maximum protection.
If you or your child plays any contact sport such as hockey, soccer, basketball, football, or many others, a custom teeth guard will act as a seatbelt for your teeth, gums, and jaw. The benefits of using a teeth mouth guard include:
- protection against cuts to lips, the tongue, and insides of cheeks
- protection against possible concussion due to absorption of blows to the head
- protection against a broken jaw
- Costs less than repairing broken or knocked-out teeth
Another lesser known fact is that a dental guard can also make an athlete stronger and increase stamina - even in non-contact sports! Here's how: when you put your body through stress, it causes your jaws to clench. In turn, this clenching puts pressure on the TM joints, which causes the brain to release cortisol, a stress hormone. Excess levels of cortisol are known to increase fatigue and decrease metabolism and muscle-building.
A custom sports mouth guard counteracts clenching by helping the jaw to stay in a relaxed position. A mouth guard draws the jaw down and forward which relieves pressure on the TM joint and negates excessive release of cortisol hormone. This relaxed jaw position increases air flow which increases oxygen intake, helping to reduce the build-up of lactic acid in muscles.