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Remember To Put Custom Mouth Guards On Your ‘To-Do’ List

Jul 29, 2014 03:50AM

It is the time of year when many people are enjoying the summer and engaging in more physical activities. Children are spending time in sports camps and adults are participating in outdoor fun. During these times of increased activity it is important to take extra measures to be safe, including the protection of your oral cavity.

Protecting your mouth may not be something most people think about while packing the sunscreen, the shin guards or even lunch, but it is something that can help avoid injury and costly medical procedures.

Studies have shown that wearing a mouth guard can significantly decrease the amount of trauma experienced to the mouth and can also decrease loss of teeth as a result of a sporting accident. Using a custom mouth guard is recommended during contact sports such as soccer, football and basketball as well as during any organized activity or play time.

While there are many mouth guard options available on the market, using a custom fitted mouth guard is more beneficial than one purchased from a store. Customized guards provide a better fit, are more comfortable and easier to wear and they are more likely to stay in place. Custom mouth guards are specific to the individual’s bite and mouth, so the wearer can expect better protection. Lastly, mouth guards come in your favorite teams colors.

Customized mouth guards are well worth the investment for children and adults who are active in sports or other physical activities and for those who need an additional layer of support for mouth protection.

Terry Victor, DDS, is a dentist in Washington D.C., providing general restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Victor is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is also certified by the Eco-Dentistry Association. For more information, visit 

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