Athletic Mouthguards

Protect Your Athlete With Dental Mouthguards

Athletic activities are a great way to lead a healthy lifestyle. Playing in organized sports such as basketball, baseball, football, and soccer keeps young people and adults on a healthy track. As good as sports are for the health and emotional development of a young athlete, it’s also important to realize there are some physical risks involved. That’s why if you or your child is involved with sports, you should consider visiting Dr. Ken Randall, your Hixson, TN dentist, and learning about athletic mouthguards.

What is a Mouthguard?

Custom mouthguard hanging from football helmet.A mouthguard is a protective device designed to fit over the teeth and gums and absorbs impact should some force come in contact with the wearer’s mouth or jaw. The American Dental Association (ADA) has listed more than two dozen different sporting activities as potential dental injury causes in adults. Equestrian sports, skiing, surfing, and handball are just a few of less recognized activities. Mouthguards should be an essential part of gear for any athlete at risk of mouth injury at any age.

Athletic mouthguards only work when worn, so it is important for athletes to actually use them while practicing or competing. In basketball, baseball, football, and soccer, balls are thrown, hit, and kicked all over the place. In many of these sports, physical contact with other players is also common. Mouthguards allow athletes to enjoy the game without stressing about chipping, cracking, or losing a tooth from a stray elbow or an errant throw. While some people might hesitate at the cost of custom mouthguards, it is far less than the cost of dentistry to restore or replace a broken tooth through an emergency trip to the dentist.

Types of Mouthguards: Over-the-Counter or Custom?

Athletes have a few different options to turn to when selecting a guard for their teeth and mouth. While a trip to the dentist is not necessarily required, it can be a good idea to get some advice from a dental professional before selecting a guard. 

There are two types of mouthguards that athletes can purchase from a drugstore or sporting goods store. These are:

  • Stock – These guards can generally be found at most athletic stores. They come pre-molded in a standard small, medium, or large size. There is no special preparation involved with their use. Simply put it in the mouth and play.
  • Boil-and-Bite – These types of guards are slightly more customized. Place the device in a pot of boiling water for the specified amount of time. Once ready, place the guard in your mouth and bite down for the indicated length of time. The heat softens the material to mold to the shape of the teeth and tongue. The amount of coverage and effectiveness varies with this type of mouthguard.

While these options may be more affordable than having a mouthguard made by your local dentist, we highly recommend that athletes invest in professionally-made, custom mouthguards. 

Custom mouthguards
are likely to be the most expensive, but they also provide the best fit and offer the perfect amount of protection because they are built to your specifications. To make these, a dentist will take a mold of the teeth to build the guard. These types of mouthguards are also the most comfortable and easiest to breathe with. 

We Provide Mouthguards for Local Teams

Tennessee River Dental provides custom mouthguards to a wide variety of sports teams in the Hixson and Chattanooga, TN area, including:

If you’d like to have us make custom mouthguards for your sports team, please call us at (423) 877-3848 or email us at info@tennesseeriverdental.com.

Dr. Ken Randall standing with members of the CCS basketball team.

Contact Your Hixson Dentist Today

It’s important for athletes to protect their smiles when playing sports, and the entire team at Tennessee River Dental is happy to help with this. Schedule a visit with Dr. Ken Randall to learn more about athletic mouthguards for the athletes in your family. You can contact us at (423) 877-3848, or schedule an appointment online using our convenient form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!