Athletic Mouthguards

Panama City Smiles : Athletic Mouthguards in Panama City, FL

Athletic mouthguards are an extremely important device for preventing dental injuries, especially for children or young adults who are active in recreational or competitive sports. Although they are not required for every organized sport, they are highly recommended to protect teeth, gums, the jaw, and even the brain from injury. Aside from creating a barrier to keep teeth in place in the case of a severe blow to the face, a mouthguard also acts as a shock absorber to minimize the overall impact of the blow to the rest of the head.

For an athletic mouthguard to work properly, it needs to be custom fitted. Athletic mouthguards are available at sporting goods stores, but they usually do not fit well and are uncomfortable. It is important to see Dr. Patel at Panama City Smiles to get a custom-made mouthguard for your sports enthusiast. He will make an impression of the athlete’s teeth and have his lab make a mouthguard that will fit perfectly.

Athletic mouthguards are not just for contact sports; they are also a wise protective measure for any physical activity. They are required for many sports like boxing and football but are also recommended for baseball, basketball, hockey, and any other sport where there is a risk of impact with a ball, a stick, another player, or just a fall. That is why mouthguards are also a good idea for recreational activities such as biking, skateboarding, and riding a scooter.

Ask Dr. Patel how often to change or clean a mouthguard to keep it free of bacteria, and to make sure it continues to fit the changing mouth of a young person. To schedule an appointment for you or your child to be fitted for athletic mouthguards in Panama City, FL, call (850) 588-0185 or use our online form.

Panama City Smiles also has custom-made mouthguards for bruxism (grinding of the teeth). If you grind or clench your teeth due to stress, or if your sleep partner has told you that you are grinding your teeth at night, you need to protect your teeth from serious damage. A mouthguard for bruxism creates a buffer between the biting surfaces of your teeth to keep them from getting worn down, broken, or cracked. Talk to Dr. Patel about getting a mouthguard to preserve your teeth from bruxism.