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Do you remember being young and going out ride your bike, only to hear your parents ask if you remembered your helmet? It seemed silly at the time, but when you inevitably crashed on your bike (because what kid hasn’t?) you were pretty happy you listened to mom and dad.

The same goes for using mouthguards in any sport. Dr. Sam Cigno and the team at Bellefontaine Family Dental in St. Louis, Missouri are like the parents of your teeth – they want to make sure your teeth are always taken care of. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why you should always wear a mouthguard.

Why bother with a mouthguard?

Even if the sports or activities you’re involved in aren’t contact-driven, any physical activity presents a few certain risks. There’s always the risk of falling hard and either chipping, or knocking out completely, a tooth. A mouthguard lessens, or completely eliminates, that possibility.

Makes you think about protecting your mouth

Wearing a mouthguard does a lot to protect your teeth, but perhaps the most notable is the fact that it helps make you conscious of your teeth. Wearing the mouthguard will help remind you to protect your mouth and teeth from hard impacts – intentional or accidental. Even when not wearing the mouthguard, you may find that the habits you developed crop up in other areas of your life.

Mouthguards are popular in sports for a reason, but they should be used on an even wider scale than they are now. We’ve seen them help save teeth, and that’s why we recommend them. If you have other questions, call us today at 314-741-5133.

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