Dr. Eric Meeker wants all youngsters to be able to enjoy sports while protecting their smiles. Therefore, all kids 18 years & under can get a complimentary, custom-made sports mouthguard. That’s right, a FREE custom-made sports mouthguard. Furthermore Dr. Eric Meeker will make as many free replacements as are needed to fit your child’s growing and changing dentition.
The sports mouthguard will be made for the top arch only as these are, by far, the teeth most vulnerable to trauma. Most athletes won’t wear a mouthguard on both arches as it makes speech and breathing too difficult.
Here are a few words from the Academy of Sports Dentistry on custom mouthguards versus over-the-counter, boil & bite mouthguards.
As to the question: What are the best mouthguards? The position of the Academy for Sports Dentistry is that to be adequate, a mouthguard must be properly fitted and properly worn. In order to ensure a proper fit, a mouthguard is best fitted by a dental professional. It is generally accepted that a custom fitted mouthguard fabricated over a dental cast of the athlete's teeth will give the best fit.
A mouthguard made by a dental professional can also tailor the mouthguard to the demands of the athlete and the sport. Speech requirements, individual occlusal [bite] differences and relative dental and concussion injury risks of each sport can only be customized by fabricating an individual mouthguard. It is difficult to see how an over- the-counter mouthguard can fill all of an athlete's requirements without being checked and adjusted by an informed dental professional.
The Academy for Sports Dentistry is unequivocal about this: A professionally-made, properly-fitted Custom Mouthguard is recommended for all contact and collision sports.
Emergency Treatment of Dental Injuries
Properly Fitted Mouthguards Should Be Standard Equipment
Don’t wait for an accident to happen. If you live in Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg or the Lake County area, call Dr. Eric Meeker for an appointment today to protect your child’s beautiful smile.