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If you ever watch professional sports, you’ve seen athletes playing with their mouthguards. But when do you need to get yourself a mouthguard? Is there ever a situation you’d need one?

Well, it depends on what you’re doing, and the risk presented to your teeth. Let’s take a few moments to walk through the mouthguard process.

When you need one
Any contact sport automatically requires a mouthguard. That includes basketball, football, and even soccer. Often, a dentist will see knocked-out, cracked, or chipped teeth as a result of not wearing a mouthguard during these sports.

Additionally, if you participate in any other sports or activities where there’s a risk to your teeth getting damaged, Dr. Rupal Patel strongly recommends you get a mouthguard.

What type should I get?
You generally have two options – a boil and bite mouthguard you can buy from a store (and sometimes other moldable guards) or getting a custom guard made.

You’ll see the best results if you come into our office at Willow Bend Dental Care in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and get fitted for a custom mouthguard.

This ensures that your guard is made to protect your mouth specifically, and not mass-produced to match a wide range of possible mouth sizes. A custom guard will provide more comfort too since you’re the only one for whom it was designed.

If you have other questions or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 847-870-0888.