Why Custom Athletic Mouthguards Are Safer

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It’s summer, so school is either out or minimal these days. Your family is probably enjoying the warm weather with some swimming, running around, bike riding, and more. Being active isn’t just a great way to stay healthy and fight obesity — it’s fun!

But it can also be a dangerous time for your family’s smiles. That’s because their teeth can get chipped, cracked, or even knocked out by a bad injury. That’s why you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office today at 574-208-5668 and make an appointment for a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard. Dr. Hurcomb is your South Bend dentist with years of experience making mouthguards that fit the smile of anyone in your family.

How Sports Put Your Smile At Risk

You need to stay active to stay healthy. That’s why doctors recommend getting some exercise everyday. Plus, playing sports like football, basketball, and more teach great life skills like teamwork and commitment. But as athletes know all too well, an injury can happen at any time. That’s why players often wear protective gear like helmets or shin guards.

But that’s also why athletic mouthguards are needed. In fact, many leagues and schools require players to have their own athletic mouthguard before they can play. Here are some problems that can happen:

  • Getting tackled or checked hard
  • Tripping on the field or court
  • Taking a ball or puck to the face
  • Falling off a bike
  • Crashing into someone or something

By calling Tulip Tree Dental Care today at 574-208-5668, you can get an appointment for an athletic mouthguard. As with all protective gear, you won’t need it most of the time — until you do. Then you’ll be thankful you had an athletic mouthguard so you don’t have to get any replacement teeth.

Custom Athletic Mouthguards Protect Better

Many sporting goods stores have generic mouthguards for sale. Some even have “boil-and-bite” that claim to fit better. However, neither can match up with a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard from our South Bend dentist. Here’s why.


When playing, you are going to breathe hard. That’s because your body needs more oxygen to give you the energy needed to run, catch, and ride as fast as you can. You also need to talk to your teammates from time to time. But those store-bought mouthguaurds are often bulky and ill-fitting. They can actually make it harder to communicate and breathe.

That’s why you need to call our South Bend dentist and get custom-fitted mouthguards. Because it’s made to fit your teeth and no one else’s, it fits much better. That means you will have an easier time breathing hard and communicating when you need to.


When a generic, store-bought mouthguard doesn’t fit right, it can be uncomfortable. You wouldn’t wear shoes too small or too big, right? An ill-fitting mouthguard can be just as distracting, which can have a negative impact on your game. Worse, it can be tempting to ignore the uncomfortable mouthguard and go without protection.

But by calling Tulip Tree Dental Care today for a new appointment, you can be measured for an athletic mouthguard that fits much more comfortably. That means you won’t be so distracted and you’ll be more likely to wear it.


In football, helmets are a requirement. But more than that, helmets must fit. If your helmet doesn’t fit right, you won’t be able to join the team on the field. That’s because ill-fitting protective gear doesn’t do its job right. The same is true for generic mouthguards. Because it doesn’t fit right, it does a worse job of protecting your teeth.

Our mouthguards will be made to order so they fit your smile in particular. Because they will fit so well, they’ll do a better job of protecting your smile from chips, cracks, and worse.

Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 or make an appointment online to get custom-fitted athletic mouthguards. Our South Bend dentist has been helping children and adults get the protection their smiles need when playing hockey, football, baseball, and more. After all, the cost of getting an athletic mouthguard is always cheaper than the dental work needed to restore a damaged smile.

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