There was a time when athletes playing contact sports were not using mouth guards and viewers would actually see them bleed and lose a tooth or more in the heat of the competition. But times have changed and the athletes have learned to protect themselves by wearing mouth guards to prevent or reduce injury to their teeth, gums and lips while being totally engrossed in the sport they’re playing and without having to be conscious or overly cautious against potential injuries to the mouth. Mouthguards have indeed become an indispensable gear that many sports and health officials have made wearing them mandatory.
Although it may seem that mouthguards serve to prevent tooth loss from either deliberate or accidental impact, it does actually protect more than the teeth. Mouthguards also work to prevent or reduce the effects of concussions to the jaw or strain to the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. Strain to the TMJ can put pressure to other parts of the head and cause pain to parts of the face like the cheeks, temples or above the brow.
Studies have also discovered that apart from the pain, pressure to the TMJ as a result of teeth clenching during strenuous sports activity can trigger the production and release of the stress hormone cortisol. Prolonged, elevated levels of cortisol can lead to muscle wasting or atrophy whereby the decrease in muscle mass can lead to muscle weakness which may directly affect an athlete’s performance.
It is therefore noteworthy that a high-quality mouthguard may actually help to preserve muscle strength, prevent the draining of energy and improve the performance of athletes. And this is what Under Armour Performance mouthwear seeks to provide with its different mouthpieces and mouthguards developed from 15 years of ArmourBite Technology and recommended by professional trainers and coaches and wellness experts.
Under Armour Performance mouthguards pivots the lower jaw forward to relieve pressure on the TMJ and prevent the excessive production of cortisol. Get the protective and superior performance benefits from this top quality mouthguard from authorized Under Armour Performance mouthwear dental center Plano Smile Studio where Plano TX dentist Dr. John Hucklebridge will take your impressions and bite registration in just 20 minutes. Call 972-398-2550 for an appointment.