Dr. Charles Betts’ dental practice, Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D., is about 125 miles from the University of Alabama and about 240 miles from Auburn University. This means that within a few hours’ ride of our office, you can find more than 200 student athletes sporting custom athletic mouthguards to help keep themselves protected during their football games.
Dr. Betts is deep in the heart of SEC football country, where football is hard-hitting, fast, and dangerous. Mouthguards are an important part of the protective equipment these players use. It is no different for those of us playing in the backyard or watching our kids play sports on Friday nights. Custom mouthguards provide the protection your smile or your kid’s smile needs to come out of the game the same way it went in.
What are Athletic Mouthguards?
Athletic mouthguards are molded pieces of polymer (plastic) that fit over the top arch of your teeth. Dr. Betts has been helping athletes, both young and old, protect their smiles through the use of custom athletic mouthguards for years. In the past, they were rarely seen outside of the realm of American football, but today you can find mouthguards in every sport out there. Whether it is a basketball player going up for a layup, a tennis star with a wicked backhand, or a wrestler setting up his opponent for a takedown, mouthguards are there keeping watch over every smile you see.
Benefits of Our Athletic Mouthguards
Dr. Betts has spent years honing his skills to be able to provide the high-quality custom athletic mouthguards that his patients need to play their best game possible. We say that athletic mouthguards protect your smile while you are playing, but what does that really mean? Here are some of the specific benefits that either you or your child get from using the advanced custom athletic mouthguards from Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D.
Protect Your Teeth – Regardless of what sport it is, there is a real chance that something (a ball, a fall, or a player’s hand, head, or foot) could impact your mouth. When this happens, the damage to your smile could be extensive. You can crack, chip, or even lose a tooth due to injury. This can be avoided by using a custom athletic mouthguard from Dr. Betts. With over 25 years of experience helping people protect their smiles, he has the skills and experience needed to make sure that your mouthguard is up to the task of keeping your teeth intact.
Protect Your Lips – The smooth plastic construction creates a seamless surface behind your lips. This is important, as anyone who has ever been hit in the mouth can attest to. This smooth surface saves your lips from the damage by uncovered teeth. Instead of needing stitches to patch up a lip that is cut open by your teeth, all you need is a little bit of ice to take the swelling down.
Concussion Prevention – If you pay any attention at all to U.S. sports, you are sure to have heard the cry for concussion prevention. The NFL is trying to settle lawsuits totaling over a billion dollars right now regarding concussions and traumatic head injuries. So, if the NFL is shelling out that kind of money, you know that concussions are a big deal. Dr. Betts has exciting news if you are worried about concussions. Custom athletic mouthguards from our office can help to lessen the chances of you getting a concussion. The mouthguard acts as a kind of shock absorber that spreads the force of an impact across your dental arch. While this won’t prevent head injuries, it can help to make them less prevalent or serious.
Call Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. today at 256-274-8680 to get back in the game with custom athletic mouthguards. Free yourself from worrying about dental injury and let yourself play to the top of your potential. Your smile is an important part of who you are. Don’t sacrifice it on the field – Dr. Betts is ready to help you.