Getting the Bite on MouthguardsDecorative in Bellaire Houston, TX | The Huston Dentists | Dr. Frazar

Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. But did you know that up to 40% of all sports injuries involve the face? Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded athletic mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.

What is a Mouthguard?
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A mouthguard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth and can help protect your smile, as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. New research indicates that mouthguards can even reduce the severity of concussions. While hockey, boxing, and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouthguards, others, like bicyclists, weightlifters, and gymnasts, made the ADA’s list of athletes who need mouthguards.

This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13 to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related. Because the face is an important part of a person’s image, self-confidence, and sometimes success, it’s better to be safe than…toothless! Before facemasks and mouthguards were required in football, half of all players’ injuries occurred in the mouth. During the playing season, players had a one in ten chance of mouth injury. Once high schools and colleges began requiring facemasks and mouthguards, the number of injuries reported dropped by 200,000 per year. Naturally, dentists and the ADA recommend mouthguards for adults and children in any recreational activity that poses the risk of injury to your mouth.

Custom Athletic Mouth guards: The Pure Power Mouthguard™

Sports Teeth in Bellaire Houston, TX | The Huston Dentists | Dr. FrazarNeuromuscular dentistry is the study of the harmonious relationship between the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), facial muscles, and teeth. When these structures function in total harmony, the body is in better form – with increased strength, balance, and comfort.

Disharmony in any of these three areas can initiate headaches, earaches, posture problems, and many other nagging symptoms that can keep you from peak performance in daily life and in sports.

Custom Athletic Mouthguards from The Houston Dentists

The Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM) is custom designed to optimize neuromuscular harmony, and the results are amazing. Imagine increased strength and balance instantaneously when you wear your athletic mouthguard.

The process of getting a custom PPM is simple.

  • Just visit our office and we’ll analyze your optimal bite position by using a TENS unit and state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology.
  • After finding your optimal jaw position, we’ll create a custom mold and send it to a lab technician who will custom-make your PPM.
  • In just a few days, the power of a PPM will be yours!

Contact our Houston dentists, Drs. Frazar and Hedge, to learn more about PPM mouthguards.

Types of Mouthguards
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Ready-Made Mouthguards

You may have seen ready-made mouthguards in a department or sporting goods store. These generic mouthguards are inexpensive and readily available. Unfortunately, because they are not custom-fitted, they may seem bulky and uncomfortable in your mouth. Ready-made mouthguards are secured by closed jaws which means, when an athlete wears a ready-made mouthguard, speaking and breathing may be difficult.

Mouth-Formed Mouthguards

If you’re looking for something that is more custom-fit to your mouth, you might consider mouth-formed mouthguards. Acrylic, shell liner mouthguards provide a comfortable and secure fit over your natural teeth. Unfortunately, many users report that this mouthguard can have an unpleasant odor or taste. It can also harden over time and lose its flexibility. Another type of mouth-formed mouthguard, the thermoplastic style, can be customized by heating it in water, then biting it. It will take on the shape of your bite. While these maintain their flexibility, they can feel bulky.

Custom-made mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguards are comfortable, practical, and protective. A dentist or a lab technician creates the custom-made mouthguard after taking impressions of your teeth. Before you purchase any mouthguard, talk to your cosmetic dentist. Special mouthguards or mouth protectors are recommended for patients with braces, removable bridges or dentures, a protruding jaw, or a cleft palate.

Mouthguard Care
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  • Always wear your mouthguard during practice and games.
  • Never chew on it because you may weaken the material and decrease its effectiveness.
  • Holes, tears, and damage to the mouthguard may irritate your gums or soft tissue. If you notice damage, replace your mouthguard immediately.
  • Before and after each use, check your mouthguard for damage, and rinse it with cold water or mouthwash.
  • You should regularly clean your guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste, or in a solution of soapy water. Be sure to rinse it well and store it in a firm, perforated container. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight and high temperatures.

Most importantly, you should schedule regular dental check-ups, including one right before the playing season starts. When you see your dentist, bring your mouthguard, and discuss any problems or concerns you may have.

ADA & ASD Advice
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The American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend mouthguards for athletes who participate in: Acrobatics, Bandi, Baseball, Basketball, Bicycling, Boxing, Equestrian Events, Field Events, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Inline Skating, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Raquetball, Rugby, Shot Put, Skateboarding, Skiing, Skydiving, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling.