According to the Association of Pickleball Professionals, nearly 50 million adults in the U.S. have played this sport at least once in the past year. That’s a lot of folks having fun and getting in shape. Unfortunately, as the number of players grows, so will the number of injuries. Whether you play pickleball regularly or are just trying it out, you should wear a custom mouthguard.
This fast-paced sport is played with a ball. So it’s important to protect your face during play. Safety glasses are a good idea. This short video explains how to pick the right pair for pickleball. You need to safeguard your smile too! More than 5 million teeth get knocked out every year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Teeth also get cracked and broken. Athletic activities account for many of these injuries. You don’t want to become one of those statistics!
Of course, you can get an athletic mouthguard from a sporting goods store – but it simply won’t protect your teeth as well as a custom-made guard. We’ll use impressions of your teeth to create a sports mouthguard that fits perfectly. Since it’s so comfortable, you won’t mind wearing it. You also won’t need a boil-or-bite process before wearing. It stays in your mouth better than a mass-produced guard. That means you’re less likely to “mouth” it, so it will last longer.
In addition to sports mouthguards, you can get two other kinds of mouthguards at our office:
- Sleep Apnea Mouthguards – Sleep apnea keeps you from getting a good night’s rest. It also causes daytime fatigue. Worst of all, it contributes to health problems, like high blood pressure. A custom mouthguard will keep your airway open so you can breathe easily and sleep undisturbed.
- TMJ/Teeth Grinding Mouthguards – A TMJ disorder results in a sore jaw, chronic headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms. We can fit you for a mouthguard that allows your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to heal. It will also keep you from grinding your teeth, a habit often found in those who suffer from TMJ pain.
Need a custom mouthguard? Call Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry today at 253-999-9419 for an appointment in Puyallup, WA.