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Protecting your teeth during football season

By v2dentistry26513402, Jul 16 2019 10:27PM

For some professional athletes, such as hockey players, losing a tooth during a game is both an expected accident and rite of passage. For the average hobbyist, however, it isn't so much an honor as it is an expensive nightmare. The cost of replacing a lost tooth is about 20 times more than the cost of a custom-fitted mouth guard.

Fortunately, learning how to protect your teeth when playing a sport or participating in close-contact recreational activities isn't as difficult as the frequency of these incidents suggests. In fact, the right gear has kept more than 200,000 injuries from occurring annually.

Mouth Guards

A very important piece of equipment can go a long way toward protecting your teeth when playing a contact sport as physical as football, soccer or hockey. The first is a mouth guard – a must when you play any type of sport that involves bats, balls, sticks or person-to-person contact. You can find mouth guards for sale over the counter, most of which are designed to be one size fits all. Some of these are meant to be soaked in boiling water, then sculpted to fit your mouth in particular. Generic or "boil-and-bite" mouth guards don't offer the best fit and can be uncomfortable. For this reason, a personal option is to have V2 Dentistry create a custom mouth guard that starts with a basic dental visit.

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