Why Custom Mouthguards Are Essential To Return To Sports
The sports world has come to a complete stop and our minds are far from competition right now. But we’re all hoping to get back to normal soon.
While you’re itching to get back out on the field, court, ice, pitch or ring as soon as possible, and you’re planning your return to athletics, don’t forget about the importance of custom mouthguards.
Especially now, during times of extra attention to hygiene and safety, a custom mouthguard is the only choice to improve cleanliness as you prepare to move forward. Here are four reasons why:
1. Less Touching, Better Hygiene
Many athletes remove their mouthguards between plays or practice drills to either take a clear breath or get a drink of water. But every time they do this, they are transferring germs from their hands to their mouthguards and directly into their mouths.
With a patented design and cut process, Gladiator custom mouthguards are made to match the exact mouth structure of each individual athlete. That allows them to breathe, speak and drink clearly without taking out their mouthguard.
Less touching means less germs — and more comfort!
2. Closer Together
Mouthguards — specifically generic mouthguards — may be loose, become dislodged, or fall out because they just don’t fit properly. And that causes them to touch locker room floors, benches or playing surfaces.
A mouthguard that is custom made from a direct model of the athlete’s teeth, is the only way to create a tight fit that won’t fall out even when the athlete opens their mouth. That means no biting or clenching to keep the guard in place. While we want to social distance from each other, we do not want our mouthguards to do the same.
3. Shelter In Place
Every Gladiator custom mouthguard comes strapless (unless a strap is added) and with a storage case. This allows you to safely and cleanly store your Gladiator before and after every use.
That means no grimy mouthguard hanging from your helmet, being tossed in your locker or being loosely taken in and out of your gym bag. With less exposure to air, you help limit the elements and germs that could find their way to your mouthguard and affect you.
4. Be Bacteria-Free
Poor fitting mouthguards float in the mouth, and typically, they get chewed to pieces. That chewing creates holes, gaps, rips and tears in the mouthguard surface and layers, giving harmful bacteria a place to hide and grow.
When you have a mouthguard that fits properly, meaning it was engineered and cut for your exact mouth, it stays exactly where you need it to be. That means no chewing, and no bacteria.