How Mouth Guards Help Prevent Dental Injuries

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As the official TEAM dentists for the Chicago Blackhawks, University Associates in Dentistry knows how important it is for athletes to protect themselves from oral-facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of oral-facial injury sustained when playing sports, and studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth if they’re not wearing mouth guards. Whether you play a full-contact sport like football or simply like to rollerblade on the weekends, a properly fitted mouth guard is essential.

A mouth guard offers the best protection against oral-facial sports injuries and can help you avoid time spent in the dentist’s chair with an avulsed tooth. The most common types of mouth guards include stock, boil and bite, pressure-laminated custom made, and vacuum custom made. Stock mouth guards come preformed and ready to wear; therefore, they don’t offer the best protection because they aren’t custom fitted to you. Boil and bite mouth guards are first softened and then inserted into the mouth to harden and form around the shape of your teeth. For complete protection, UAD recommends custom-fabricated mouth guards that we design specifically for you after careful diagnosis.

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To find out more about our sports dentistry services, including preseason screenings and examinations,  call UAD  at (312) 704-5511 today!


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