With professional, amateur, and student’s sports back in full swing, safety should always be one of the main concerns. While it is of course important for an athlete to take care of their body, it is equally important that they take care of their teeth.
Before a season begins, each athlete should look at their chosen sport and identify whether or not a mouth guard could be needed. Any and all contact sports will require a mouth guard, but one should be worn while playing any sport that involves an athlete using equipment (weight lifting, shot putting, skate boarding, etc.) as well.
There are 3 types of mouth guards that people can choose from, the first 2 can be bought in any store that sells athletic equipment: one is a generic mouth guard, the second is a “boil and bite” mouth guard. The 3rd , and perhaps most reliable, is a custom mouth guard from your dentist. By going to your dental practice, your EDDA (Expanded Duty Dental Assistant) will take an impression of your mouth and from there, take that particular person’s dental needs into consideration when having the mouth guard created. Custom made guards allow for the athlete more oral comfort, support, and durability.
If helping patients create impressions of their teeth, or the dental field in any way interests you, you may want to consider becoming a Dental Assistant. MedQuest College offers an amazing Dental Assisting program in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky that teaches its students about all the duties and responsibilities of a Dental Assistant in general practices, as well as the specialties! Even more so, MedQuest College has classes that work with just about any schedule you have. Your new career as a Dental Assistant is waiting. Click here for more information.