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Wearing a Custom Mouthguard While Cycling: Is it Important?

May 20, 2015 3 min read

When you think of sports where a mouthguard is a vital piece of equipment, cycling likely isn’t at the top of the list. We all know it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard while playing football, hockey, boxing, MMA, and a variety of other sports where facial injuries are common, but cycling…really?

Wearing a Custom Mouthguard Improves Endurance

Before you exit off of this page while thinking we’re crazy, just take a minute to read the findings of a research study that was recently published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The study found interesting points about wearing a custom-fit mouthpiece while riding a bicycle:
-First, the study showed that cyclists who wore a custom mouthguard were able to increase their VO2Max, which means they were able to boost their performance related to processing oxygen. -Second, they increased their respiratory threshold, meaning it took the cyclists longer to become winded when wearing a mouthguard.

Wearing a Mouthguard Helps to Prevent Injury

If you’re a diehard cyclist and hit the streets (or the trails) frequently, you know that taking a nasty fall is no laughing matter. Biking can be a brutal sport for those athletes who choose to push themselves to the limit, punishing their bodies in the process. Every responsible cyclist wears a helmet, but how do you protect your teeth, mouth, and your overall smile from a catastrophic wipeout that could lead to busted teeth, bloody lips, and a mound of medical bills?
You’ve likely experienced a dental-related injury yourself while riding, or know someone who has. So how do you prevent it? The solution is simple. Get a custom-fit, dental-grade mouthguard from ImpactMouthguards.com.

Why Choose a Custom Mouthguard?

As we mentioned in the first paragraph, many cyclists have likely stayed away from mouthguards, thinking it would negatively impact their performance. It makes sense. You would think that having plastic in your mouth would impede performance, but one of the leading scientific journals in the exercise community discovered this simply isn’t the case!
So now that you know you can protect your mouth from injury and improve conditioning and performance, why wouldn’t you?
The short answer of course is that any cyclist armed with this data would be crazy not to wear one! At Impact Mouthguards, we create custom-fit, dental-grade mouthguards for each and every one of our customers using a dental impression kit. In a nutshell, we are able to hand craft a custom mouthguard for you, while saving you hundreds of dollars in the process.
You basically have two options when it comes to a custom-fit mouthpiece:

Option A
involves going to a dentist, and paying in the range of $350-$600 for a custom mouthguard. These guards are great, but they come at a steep cost.
Option B is ordering a mouthguard from us! We provide cyclists with a custom dental impression kit, including detailed instructions on how to take a perfect impression yourself, right from your own home. You simply mail the impression back to us, and we will have your mouthguard sent to you within 7-10 days, all for less than $100 per mouthguard. You’ll get a hand-crafted, superior product for less money and save yourself an unnecessary trip to the dentist.

So what are you waiting for?

If you’re a cyclist and you aren’t wearing a mouthguard, now is the time to start. You never know…your next ride could be the one where you take a big tumble. Protect your smile with a custom mouthguard from Impact Mouthguards!