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Protecting the Smiles of Athletes

Athletic Mouthguard Football PlayerIf you are an athletic person who participates in team sports, you may want to consider an athletic mouthguard. Depending on your sport of choice, a mouthguard is insurance for preserving your smile. The violent hits in activities such as football, hockey, and rugby necessitate mouthguards to prevent teeth from sustaining irreversible trauma. Ever noticed the “windows” in the grins of professional hockey players. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, provides mouthguards for protecting your teeth no matter what level of athlete you are.

Unexpected Collisions

Picture two football players on opposite teams in a collision so hard it sends their bodies flying. Luckily, football is one sport where leagues generally require mouthguards. A jarring collision in a game is similar to the force of a car accident. Injuries happen. If you don’t protect your teeth, aggressive play and accidental force can prove devastating. Think of all of the unfortunate possibilities of dental related sports injuries:

  • A severely bitten tongue
  • A broken tooth
  • chipped tooth 
  • Torn gingival tissues
  • Dislodged teeth

Fortunately, a customized athletic mouthguard provides cushioning and alignment, potentially saving you from unnecessary pain and dental work to repair the damage.

Other Uses for Mouthguards

Mouthguards from Dr. Johnson aren’t only for sports protection. Dr. Johnson often helps patients with bruxism (teeth grinding) or excessive snoring issues with the prescription of a customized mouthguard. Generally worn at night while you sleep, mouthguards prevent the teeth of grinders from chipping, cracking, or breaking. They can also protect jaw joints from becoming inflamed and damaged by preventing the complications of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Mouthguards from your Des Moines General Dentist

Taking care of your teeth is a full-time job. If you play a contact sport, be sure to wear a mouthguard, and if you notice recurring sensitivities in your teeth alongside a sore jaw, be sure to contact your Des Moines general dentist, Dr. Johnson, at 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities, so call today.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm