Mouth Guards Linked to Better Sports Performance

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011, 2:46 pm

Lots of surveys show that teen athletes avoid wearing mouth guards — in typical teen fashion they just don’t think they will ever get hurt. But what if they knew that wearing a mouth guard could improve their performance? I bet every kid would be clamoring for a mouth guard.

The Journal of the American Dental Association published a study done at Citadel University which compared a group of student athletes wearing mouth guards with a group wearing no mouth guards and breathing through their mouths, and with a third group wearing no mouth guards but breathing through their noses.

The athletes wearing the mouth guards took in more oxygen and exhaled more carbon dioxide than the athletes in the no-mouthguard groups. This could lead to better performance. The participants in this study were using standard custom fit mouth guards, not performance mouth pieces such as UnderArmour Performance Mouthwear.

Mouth guards can range from over the counter boil and bite models to those that are custom-made to fit each individual athlete. The custom-fit models available from your dentist tend to fit better which means your student athlete will be more comfortable wearing the appliance.

For more information about mouth guards or Under Armour Performance Mouthwear contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439 today. We want your student athlete to play hard, but play safe!

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