3 Reasons Why Athletes Should Get a Mouth Guard

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mouth guardThe first Ultimate Fighting Championship event is renowned for its brutality and sheer unpredictability. Event organizers threw caution to the wind in pitting the world’s best fighters against the other, and their efforts yielded the sport’s most astonishing display of brutality to date.

That happened when karateka Gerard Gordeau hit sumo wrestler Teila Tuli square in the jaw with a powerful roundhouse kick. It sent Tuli crashing to the canvas — and several of his teeth along with it.

It’s not that uncommon for athletes to damage or lose their teeth in the field of play, which is why the J. Philipp Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Chandler, Arizona recommends you protect your teeth with a custom-fitted mouth guard. Here are three reasons why it’s essential to wear one if you play a sport where contact is necessary:

1. Comfort

Though standard boil-and-bite mouth guards can be purchased from any sporting goods store, even those can be uncomfortable regardless of how many times you boil or adjust them. Some products may even require you to trim the ends off with scissors, which could mean money down the drain if you make a bad cut.

It’s not that uncommon for these types of mouth guards to slip off during competition, which is the last thing you want to think about during those close championship rounds. An ill-fitting mouth guard still leaves your teeth vulnerable to serious injury, which is why it’s necessary to visit our offices for a custom mouth guard fitting.

2. Durability

Our team of technicians will make sure that your mouth guard fits comfortably and reliably, from our initial appointment to the moment you set foot in the huddle and beyond. J. Philipps’ mouth guards are created with thin, hard plastic that will protect your teeth from impact and allow you to communicate with ease.

3. Cost-effectiveness

Along with safeguarding your teeth and jaw, a properly-fitted mouth guard can also minimize the impact of concussions and help prevent lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Its benefits cannot be overemphasized.

A mouth guard can save you money in the long run, too. According to the Consumer Guide for Dentistry, the average full mouth reconstructive surgery costs anywhere from $800-$1500 per tooth. Most surgeries typically cost $30,000 to $45,000 or more.

See Dr. Philipp to get fitted for a mouth guard that will protect you on the field of play.

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