Dr. Jim Lassiter is a dentist in Milton, Florida that offers custom sports mouthguards to patients. The fit of a mouthguard is important as it prevents injuries to teeth. Wearing a mouthguard also prevents patients from needing future restorative work. Teeth can get chipped or even knocked out when a sports player does not wear a mouthguard. The fit of a mouthguard is also key to optimal protection.
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about mouthguards below:
What sports require a mouthguard?
Contact sports require a mouthguard. Sports such as basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, and so on.
Do mouthguards protect teeth?
Yes, mouth guards ensure that teeth are not chipped, cracked, or broken due to injuries sustained during contact sports. Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent the need for restorative solutions like dental implants or bridges in the future.
Can mouthguards prevent concussions?
Yes, mouth guards help absorb shock by stabilizing the head and neck. Mouthguards also limit movement when the jaw is hit.
How often should you change your mouthguard?
Mouthguards should be replaced every year to ensure that they conform to teeth. When mouth guards lose their thickness they can become less effective, so it is important to replace them.
How long do mouthguards last?
Sports mouthguards typically last up to five years. However, it is important to replace a mouthguard if it has worn out. Some patients replace their mouthguard each year. Be sure to clean your mouthguard with cold water and keep it in its container so it can last a long time.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you require a professional dental mouthguard for playing contact sports? Request an appointment with Dr. Lassiter on his website. You may also call our office at 850.427.5891.