When you receive your mouthguard package from Damage Control, you have everything you need to begin the process of creating your custom fitted mouthguard. You get the advantage of a mouthguard created by a dentist, without having to make an appointment. Turn around time is greatly reduced, with a custom fitted mouthguard in a week.
2. Competitive Edge
We use the latest technology to ensure the best fit for your mouthguard. Our process increases breathability, communication and snaps on to your upper teeth allowing you to concentrate on your game, giving you the competitive edge.
3. Custom Graphics
Damage Control Mouthguards may be created with your personal graphics or team designs. You can also have one of our designers create a custom design for you.
All of Damage Control's Custom Mouthguards are made with state of the art machinery, and multiple hours are spent on each custom mouthguard to insure the highest comfort, and highest protection available for serious athletes that order from us.
A SMART & SMALL PREVENTATIVE INVESTMENT
Sports dentistry is essentially the prevention and treatment of oral and facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries for athletes and the majority of these injuries are actually preventable.
Young athletes who have a tooth knocked out can anticipate upwards of $20,000 worth of lifetime dental costs associated with just that one tooth. In addition to these expenses, the person can suffer through lost work time, emotional and psychological scars and pain. These facts make it essential for dental professionals involved in sports to educate the public about the prevention of dental sports injuries.
The first and most critical message is that the “boil and bite” mouthguards are not thick enough in the most vulnerable areas and do not provide optimum protection in the prevention of dental injuries and concussions. This is unfortunate because athletes and their parents purchase these items expecting a certain level of protection, which is simply not there. While the store-bought varieties are relatively inexpensive and represent over 90 percent of the mouthguards purchased today, they can also fit poorly and interfere with speech, breathing and swallowing. Therefore, they are less likely to be worn.
Athletes can also see a dentist for a custom-fit mouthguard. These guards can be somewhat more expensive, but they are made to fit very accurately to the athlete's mouth with minimal interference to speech, breathing and swallowing. These types of guards can be made to an ideal thickness in order to properly reduce or prevent dental injuries and concussions.
The American Dental Association estimates that mandatory use of athletic mouthguards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. A properly-fitted mouthguard must be both comfortable and resilient, but it must also be of sufficient thickness to serve the intended purpose. Research completed by the Academy of Sports Dentistry has demonstrated that stock mouthguards simply have minimal effectiveness in the prevention of both tooth injuries and concussions, especially when compared to custom-fitted mouthguards.
A third area of the mouthguard industry is also developing at a rapid pace, the so-called “performance mouthguard” is designed as much for increased strength, balance and overall improved athletic performance as it is for tooth protection. These guards utilize repositioning of the bite to better align the athletes head, neck and spine for this increased strength. While this is not necessarily a new concept, it is an area of sports dentistry that is being hotly debated.
The bottom line is that a tooth that is knocked out of the mouth and not reinserted in the first few minutes has virtually no chance of successfully being saved and the cumulative affect of multiple concussions can lead to lifelong medical problems. These two very scary topics make it imperative that athletes and their parents understand the importance of properly-fitted and fabricated athletic mouthguards to prevent injuries.
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