Any patient that's a patient of ours, we always provide and make them mouthguards complimentary, because to us, it's just really important that our patients protect their teeth. That can be anyone from they're involved in a sport locally to I have made some guards for adults that are weight lifters. When they're working out, they just find themself clenching their teeth. We'll make them for them. Those are 2 areas that the sport guards are really useful.
Something that people don't consider a lot though, and they're not really a sport guard, but in essence they are, is that we really try to reach out and inform patients, our patients, make them aware that sometimes we've had cases where patients are diagnosed with cancer. Especially if it's from the neck up, a lot of times that involves radiation. What's really important is that we make them guards that, and we'll work in conjunction with the physician, and those guards will actually help protect their teeth and gums during the radiation treatment. Also then we'll make them a separate set of guards that ... It isn't really a guard. It's more like a fluoride tray, similar materials, just a little thinner, where they actually can apply fluoride which decreases the potential side effects or bad effects that they're going to suffer as a result of the radiation. Having their salivary glands and everything in their mouth, they develop what's called dry mouth. Unfortunately, when people aren't aware of that, it can be really a problem when all of a sudden someone who hasn't had decay for a century, not a century but a decade, will show up and all of a sudden they have 10 cavities. It's a result of the radiation, not the radiation directly, but a side effect of the radiation drying their mouth out.
We just recently had a case where we ... Actually for the last few years, we've made the sport guards for the lacrosse team at our local high school. We just recently got a letter from a mom, and they weren't patients of ours. It's not like you have to be a patient to come in and have it made. We just make them for you. She just said basically a thank you to us, that her daughter had been hit in the mouth with one of the lacrosse sticks and cut her lip up pretty bad, but she had her mouth guard in. They pretty much told her that if she had not had her mouth guard in, she would have at the minimum cracked her front 2 teeth, if not knocked 1 or 2 of them out or had them knocked out. Those are the kind of things when you hear those things that makes it worth it to be able to provide those services for existing patients and also for the local sports teams.
Just as you’d protect your head with a helmet, you can protect your smile with athletic mouthguards from Volterra Dental! Call our Los Alamitos, CA dental office at 562-735-2363 to defend your teeth – and your loved ones’ teeth! – from injury with a custom athletic mouthguard.
Athletic Mouthguards At Volterra Dental
Custom athletic mouthguards protect your teeth by offering a layer of protection to prevent injury, such as a broken tooth. You should wear an athletic mouthguard any time there is a reasonable risk of injury to your teeth.
Several contact sports, like hockey and football, require mouthguards. But mouthguards are also a great idea for many other activities, including soccer, volleyball, biking, rollerblading, and skateboarding.
Dr. Laos and Dr. Yoshikane are so dedicated to helping their community avoid dental injuries that they even custom-make mouthguards for our local high school athletic teams!
Custom Mouthguard Vs. Store-Bought Mouthguard
While you can buy a generic mouthguard in most sporting goods stores, they are one-size-fits-all and are less effective. At our Los Alamitos, CA dental office, we offer custom mouthguards that will fit and work better.
Caring For Your Mouthguard
In order for your mouthguard to continue providing the protection you need, there are a few simple things you need to do to take care of it:
- After every use, clean it gently with a toothbrush and water (no need for toothpaste)
- Every now and then, clean it with a little soap and water
- Always let the mouthguard air dry completely before putting it away in a clean case
- Don’t chew on your mouthguard, as that can reduce its effectiveness
- Bring it to our office during your regular dental exams
Helmets and pads can save your bones from bad injuries, and likewise, athletic mouthguards can save your teeth. For your next appointment for a custom athletic mouthguard, call us at 562-735-2363 or use our online form.