Kids aren’t as physically active as they were just a few decades ago. This sad state of affairs is resulting in all sorts of negative health consequences for our kids, including increased risk of type 2 diabetes and higher levels of other obesity-related health issues.

As a nation, we need to do more to keep our kids strong and healthy. That means promoting healthy eating habits and encouraging kids to be more physically active.

Protection from Sports-Related Injuries

But when more people are participating in organized sports and other athletic activities, there’s a greater likelihood that they will experience sports injuries. An effective way to help protect both kids and grownups from sustaining serious sports injuries is by providing them with high-quality mouthguards. And the best place to get an effective, custom-fitted mouthguard is from your dentist, Dr. Winter in Beverly Hills, MI.

According to ABC News, “Approximately one third of all dental injuries are sports related.” When we think about sports-related injuries, high-speed contact sports like football, martial arts, ice hockey, and basketball are typically the first sports to come to mind. But even such non-contact sports as skating and gymnastics can result in injuries to the mouth, teeth, jaw, and gums. That’s why the Academy of Sports Dentistry has compiled a list of 40 sports in which protective mouth gear would be beneficial for participants.

What’s a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a flexible, custom-fitted device worn over teeth during athletic events or recreational activities to protect the soft tissue in the mouth from trauma. A mouthguard provides the following advantages:

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries
  • Buffering damage to teeth
  • Protecting the cheek, especially for athletes who wear braces
  • Extra protection for athletes with fixed bridges and other dental work
  • Distributes the force of an impact over wider area
  • Minimizes the risk of broken teeth and other damage to soft tissue
  • Helps athletes feel more confident

A Custom-Fitted Mouthguard from Dr. Winter

The best way to protect yourself and your kids from sports-related mouth injuries is with a custom-fitted mouthguard from Dr. Winter. The “boil and bite” mouthguards you get from your local sporting goods store don’t provide the type of comprehensive protection you’ll get from a custom-fitted mouthguard provided by Dr. Winter.

The mouthguards you get from Dr. Winter provide a much greater level of protection than generic “boil and bite” mouthguards. Dr. Winter’s mouthguards won’t slide around in your mouth because they’re firm-fitting and molded to fit your smile.  

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Beverly Hills, MI

Dr. Winter is your implant and cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, MI. You can call to arrange a consultation with Dr. Winter if you’re thinking about restoring your smile with dental implants. Your new smile could be closer than you think.