Athletic Mouthguards in Sewell
Keeping your smile healthy is our main priority at Connolly Family Dentistry. That is why we encourage all of the athletes that come to our practice to use a mouthguard while playing their sport, training or exercising. Mouthguard use has been proven to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries. Without a mouthguard, you are more susceptible to an injury to the lips, tongue, or soft tissue of the mouth. A protective guard can prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the preventative value of these protective guards and recommends their use for all those who engage in recreational and sports activities. Most of us only think of mouthguards as necessary for those who participate in contact sports like football or boxing. However, sports related dental injuries have been documented in athletes of all ages, genders and skill levels, and in those participating in contact, limited contact and non-contact sports. The ADA strives to promote the importance of safety in maintaining oral health, and the use of a PROPERLY FITTED mouthguard as THE BEST available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.
All mouthguards are not created equal. Drs. Connolly, McCarty and Connolly are exclusive providers of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™. This is a completely new category of custom-fit performance mouth wear designed for any athlete looking to pursue their full athletic potential. Why? Because Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ not only provides superior protection and but has also been proven to increase athletic performance!
Whenever you train or compete, you naturally clench your jaw. This triggers the release of performance zapping hormones like cortisol (stress hormone) to be released in the body. In addition, clenching reduces airflow into the body, thus decreasing the amount of oxygen available to your muscle cells. This diminishes speed, power and strength. Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is designed to maintain optimal spacing of the teeth and jaw which opens the airway and counteracts the negative effects of jaw clenching. As a result, you are able to increase oxygen intake and decrease the release of stress hormones, therefore decreasing lactic acid buildup in muscles. Because of this, strength, endurance and reaction time will greatly improve.
At Connolly Family Dentistry, we can find the mouthwear piece that is right for you or your child. Those athletes participating in contact sports, such as football, ice hockey and lacrosse, will benefit from the ArmourBite Mouthguard which provides superior protection as well as increased athletic performance. The ArmourBite Mouthpiece works best for those participating in limited contact and non-contact sports like soccer, tennis, golf, running, cycling and swimming.
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is not just for the elite athlete. Everyone who is active or wants to improve their game will benefit from these products. What’s even more enticing is that these products are custom made to fit your mouth, so they are comfortable, wearable in public and easy to speak with. In addition, they are recommended for everyone ages 8 years and older.
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is custom made by a dental professional. The popular “boil and bite” mouthguards found at sporting goods stores are ‘self-fit’ and have been proven to be ill fitting on the field, and to deteriorate over time, thus putting your teeth at risk. With the custom mouthwear, one of our talented dental professionals will take an impression of your teeth and that model will be used to make a mouthguard or mouthpiece that fits you perfectly, therefore providing you with superior protection. Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is affordable, comes in a variety of colors and can be personalized at no additional cost.
Remember, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) both mandate the use of a “properly fitted, unaltered mouthguard” for students playing football, field hockey, lacrosse, and wrestling. The NFHS and SMAC recommend mouthguards for those athletes “participating in any sport that has the potential for orofacial injury from body or playing apparatus (sticks, bats, balls, etc.).” Make sure your children’s teeth are properly protected so that their smile may last a lifetime.