Athletic Mouthguards


One of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a great level of health is by playing sports. However, as positive as the benefits are of playing sports, there are unfortunately a few downsides as well – namely, the potential for suffering from traumatic dental injuries. This is why if you or your child is involved with sports, we hope you’ll consider asking your Spring Lake and Grand Haven, MI family dentist here at Arbutante Dental about our custom mouthguards.

What Does a Mouthguard Do?

A mouthguard is a protective device that a person wears over his or her teeth. Mouthguards will protect the teeth and mouth from damage and absorb impact if a person suffers some kind of oral or dental trauma. The American Dental Association has suggested that over two dozen sporting activities can be potentially harmful to athletes. These include skiing, surfing, handball, and equestrian sports. Mouthguards should be an essential addition for any athlete.

Why You Should Consider an Athletic Mouthguard

Whether you’re playing basketball, baseball, football, or any of a handful of other sports, there’s an inherent risk to your dental health. Any sport with the potential for physical contact has the possibility of causing you dental harm. However, if you wear a mouthguard, you’ll be able to greatly reduce the risk of chipping, cracking, or losing any of your teeth. Even though a mouthguard may cost extra money, it can save money in the long run by preventing you from needing expensive restorative dentistry procedures to repair any broken teeth.

Types of Mouthguards

There are a few different options when it comes to choosing a mouthguard. These types of mouthguards include:

Athletic mouthguards.
  • Off-the-Shelf – These mouthguards are found at most athletic stores. Off-the-shelf mouthguards typically come pre-molded in a standard small, medium, or large size. No extra work or preparation is required – just put it in your mouth and you’re good to go!
  • Boil-and Bite – These mouthguards are more customized than the off-the-shelf variety. You’ll first need to place this device into a pot of boiling water for a designated amount of time. After you’ve done so, put the guard in your mouth and then bite down hard for the specified amount of time. The heat will then soften the material in order to mold it to fit the shape of your teeth.
  • Custom – These may be the most expensive, but custom mouthguards will provide the best fit and most protection because they’re built for your very own mouth. A mold will be taken of your teeth for a custom mouthguard to be created.

Contact Your Spring Lake and Grand Haven, MI Pediatric Dentist!

If you’re looking for a family dentist who’s capable of creating custom mouthguards that will fit you perfectly, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (616) 842-0090 if you’d like to schedule a visit with us. We’re looking forward to seeing you!