The Mouthpiece of Champions

Blue Ash Dentist makes custom Athletic Mouthguard
Athletic Mouthguards Custom Made by Blue Ash Dentist

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear can help take your training to the next level. 

Under Armour Performance Mouthwear—available at Moorehead Family Dentistry—offers athletes a competitive edge by unlocking the power of the jaw.

When an athlete is under physical exertion, the body’s natural response is to clench the jaw. This simple act can be detrimental to the athlete’s performance because the clenching releases hormones that trigger stress, fatigue, and distraction.  No athlete wants that.

The magic behind the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is that it prevents the teeth from clenching and pivots the jaw forward to relieve pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This, in turn, helps athletes retain every ounce of power and strength that their bodies can muster and helps them continue to push the limits of their physical ability.

Because Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is a custom-fitted appliance, it can only be designed with the help of a trained dentist. Three mouthpiece models are available depending on the intensity and contact level of your sport. Dr. Doug Moorehead at Moorehead Family Dentistry is one of the leading dentists in Cincinnati who provides this service.  Many of his athlete-patients are globally renowned in their fields have reported exceptional results from the mouthpiece.

“I used to clench my jaw when doing any physical activity—even simple stuff in a controlled setting, like pull-ups or basic weight training or rehab,” says Sam Dancer (pictured above), a nationally ranked CrossFit competitor, owner of Q-town Crossfit (www.qtowncrossfit.com), member of the San Francisco Fire National Pro Grid League team, and contestant on CMT’s Broken Skull Challenge. “By doing this, I was teaching my body that it needed to clench to do these tasks. So clenching was basically my on and off switch. Neurologically I was creating a compensatory mechanism that was not only damaging my teeth but not allowing other more important areas of my body do the work my jaw was trying to compensate for.”

To fix this performance-squelching problem, Sam went to Moorehead Family Dentistry last summer to receive a custom-fitted Under Armour Performance Mouthwear.  He reports these results: “It started with just weightlifting. I noticed it was helping me breathe better so I started to wear it during my conditioning as well. I have recommended this to athletes and non-athletes. You are never too athletic or non-athletic to learn how to be better.”  

Sam isn’t the only one raving about the impact of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear. Another patient of Moorehead Family Dentistry, Laura Sweatt, is co-owner of the Sweatt Shop Personal Training (www.sweattshop.com) and known by some as “the strongest woman in the world” because she has set and broken numerous world records in powerlifting over the past 10 years. Laura received her mouthpiece from Dr. Moorehead about a year and a half ago.

She reports: “For me, the biggest benefit is for head alignment. The way we teach lifting is that a neutral head position is really important. The way the mouthpiece is designed, when you bite down, it reinforces that neural head position, which is a more powerful position. Anytime you bend your neck back, you shut down your power. Biting onto the mouthpiece helps keep alignment. For people who grind their teeth, you have the added benefit of protecting their teeth when they clench their mouth shut.”

She describes the process of getting her mouthpiece as extremely easy—just a simple fitting at Moorehead Family Dentistry and then it arrived less than two weeks later. Unlike other mouthguards, Laura says the Under Armour model is very noninvasive and allows her to breathe and speak easily.

“I never thought to get a mouthguard for the type of training I do, but now having it, I’m really happy with it, and I try to tell everybody at my gym about it,” Laura says. “It’s worth every penny.”

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear can help take your training to the next level. Call Moorehead Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment today.