If you’ve been watching the playoffs for the 2016 NBA finals, you may have noticed that there’s one piece of gear Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is never without. It’s not a special pair of shoes or some lucky shorts peeking out from under his uniform. It’s his mouth-guard… and the 2015 MVP and three-time all-star is renowned for moving it around in his mouth as he’s standing on the free-throw line.
While many people associate mouth-guards with sports like boxing and football, accident statistics tell a different story. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, two ‘non-collision’ sports — basketball and baseball — cause the most injuries to the face, jaws and teeth! Other sports that carry significant risks of orofacial injury include skiing, gymnastics, bicycling, soccer… and some two dozen more. That’s why a mouth-guard is such an essential piece of protective gear for athletes at all levels.
What’s the best kind of mouth-guard? Well the best kind would be the one you wear all the time! And that’s going to be the one that fits most comfortably and offers the highest protection. In other words, one that is custom-made just for you. There’s simply no other mouth-guard that offers that degree of comfort and safety… not the “off-the-rack” ones at big sporting stores, not even the DIY “boil-and-bite” types that you mold at home.
Only dentists can offer a custom-fabricated mouth-guard made from a model of your own mouth. It’s sure to fit perfectly, and it covers more of your bite than the others. It’s quite reasonable in cost — especially when you compare it to the potential cost of dental work if you don’t wear one. Mouth-guards are turning up more frequently in all levels of athletic competition… and this trend is likely to continue, as more and more athletes, coaches and parents learn about the extra margin of safety they provide.
Do mouth-guards have other benefits? Stephen Curry seems to think so. He says chewing on his “kind of calms me down, especially when I’m at the free throw line, just getting my rhythm.” We’re glad it helps — and doubly glad that when the action’s heating up, he puts it back in his mouth where it belongs!
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