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The Importance of Mouthguards There’s More than One Way to Stay Safe While Practicing Martial Arts

Ok, so you want to learn self-defense? Knowing how to protect yourself in a compromising situation is extremely important, regardless of age or sex. Here at Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness, we believe that Kung Fu is one of the most effective types of martial arts. Afterall, it is known to be the oldest marital art form! The reality is that everyone has to start somewhere, and as much as we wish you could be a master after your first class, you’re going to need a lot of practice and education when it comes to learning proper techniques. As an experienced trainer, I have learned how important it is to not only protect your body from harm when practicing, but especially your mouth! Taking good preventive care of your teeth now will protect you from oral issues down the road. Your face is an extremely vulnerable point of contact and keeping your teeth and gums safe from harm is one of the best ways you can continue to grow in your skill without having to take time off to deal with a knocked out or damaged tooth. But how can you do this? I have found that mouthguards are an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to practicing safe self-defense, so I came up with a few helpful facts to help you understand why it’s important to wear one and why you should see your dentist for a custom-made guard.

Importance of a Mouthguard

If you’ve ever watched high-contact sports, such as football, boxing, or hockey, you’ve probably noticed the payers wearing bite guards. In fact, you may have noticed some of them showing off a gap or two in their smiles. There is a good reason why they wear those guards! It might seem like a small piece of insignificant plastic, bit it can absorb extremely hard blows to the face and mouth, protecting against cracks, chips, or knocked-out teeth. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that research suggests wearing a mouthguard can even protect against concussions. This is because it protects the soft tissues of the inside of your mouth where many of your nerves are directly connected to your brain. It might seem like an inconvenience in the moment, but if you take an accidental elbow or fist to the face during practice, you’ll be glad it’s there! Why Not Just Get a Store-Bought Mouthguard?

Spending less money on a store-bought, “one-size-fits-all” mouthguard might seem like a quick and effective fix, but it’s not as simple as that. Just like any other mass-produced product that is made for the public at large, commercial mouthguards are meant to accommodate as many people as possible. If you purchase a mouthguard that is too small or too large for your mouth, or doesn’t fit properly over your teeth, it runs the risk of falling out, leaving your teeth vulnerable once again.

How is a Custom Mouthguard Different?

When it comes to professionally made custom dental mouthguards, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that the guard is tailored uniquely to the inside of your mouth and will fit like a glove. You won’t have to feel distracted by a poorly fitting guard that could also end up causing abrasions on the soft tissues of your mouth. If you are active in martial arts, a professional mouthguard is a must to keep your pearly whites safe. Your Tyler dentist can help answer any questions and help you get the perfect mouthguard for your smile. Since 1996, we’ve been teaching self-defense, and helping each of our students grow in the skills and knowledge of Kung Fu. You won’t find a better, more patient team of trainers to help keep you safe while you learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm.