Mouth Guards Carrollton Families Rely On During Football Season

Child with mouth guard carrollton residents trust from dr. capuaWhen Dr. Kimberley Capua started practicing dentistry in Carrollton in 1991, she’d already been a Texas resident since 1970, and she knew the importance of football season in Texas. Every town shuts down during the Friday night games, and reopens after. There’s nothing quite like high school football in Texas. For many patients, the anticipation of football season means practices, games, and fun-filled fall nights with friends and family. For your skilled Carrollton, TX dental team, Friday night football means the increased necessity for protective mouth guards. Dr. Capua and her North Dallas dentistry team offer customized, effective mouth guards for every sport. Call to find out more today.

How Mouth Guards Work

While many patients think of mouth guards as necessary for their kids during sports seasons, there are many types of mouth guards to help protect teeth from numerous damaging scenarios. Some of the most common uses for mouth guards include:

  • Protection during contact and non-contact sports
  • The treatment of bruxism, unconscious teeth grinding and clenching
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) treatment
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • The treatment of morsicatio buccarum (chronic cheek biting)
  • Orthodontic alignment (clear braces systems – Invisalign, ClearCorrect, etc.)

Mouth guards separate teeth, keep the air way open, and properly align the jaw. Sportsguards are created specifically to protect teeth from the clenching, grinding, and chomping of teeth that occurs while participating in sports. Some facts about the necessity of sports related mouth guards:

  • More than half of all sports-related injuries involve facial trauma. Nearly a quarter of those injuries are to the mouth.
  • When playing a contact or non-contact sport, people are more likely to clench teeth.
  • Tackling, shoving, and even running can cause teeth to repeatedly clink together, crack, or fracture.

Why Your Carrollton Dentist Recommends Custom Sportsguards

There are three main types of mouth guards available: stock, boil-and-bite, and custom. Many patients hesitate to invest the time and money in a custom mouth guard because they fear the guard will be uncomfortable. For people who have purchased stock or boil-and-bite mouth guards for sports, a pattern is likely to have emerged. The mouth guard is purchased, repeated attempts to shape or mold the sportsguard are made, but the guard remains uncomfortable, causes choking, or falls out. Eventually, the bite guard is more of a helmet accessory than a piece of protective equipment. With a customized sportsguard, patients experience superior comfort and quality. Since the guards fit more comfortably, they are less likely to slip out, gag wearers, or be left off altogether, and our superior material quality allows for better protection from sports related facial trauma.

A Word on Concussions

In a 2001 article for the British Journal of Sports Medicine Dr. Paul McCrory shared the results of his research into the effects of sportsguards. Past research provided anecdotal support for the belief that mouth guard wearers may be better protected against concussion. While McCrory was unable to validate this belief, continued research is conducted each year with growing support for the benefits of mouth guards in protection against concussion.

Call the Dentist Carrollton Prefers – Dr. Kimberley Capua

With a comfortable, custom mouth guard, patients can experience worry-free Friday night football games this season. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Capua today.