If you play a contact sport, the answer is yes! Mouthguards are the primary form of defense for the teeth and the tongue when collisions with people or implements are a risk in your sport. The American Dental Association (ADA) lists 26 sports where mouthguards are recommended. To emphasize these recommendations, April 2014 is National Facial Protection Month. To help protect your teeth while playing sports, our Carmichael dentists at the Marconi Dental Group use our own in-house dental lab to produce customized mouthguards for all sports.

Do Mouthguards Work?

Mouthguards keep your teeth where they belong — in your mouth!

Again, the answer is yes. As a former participant in martial arts, Dr. Alizadeh made mouthguards for himself and his friends and can testify to their value in protecting the teeth, gums, lips and tongue during strikes to the face. For other sports, one estimate from Colgate and Columbia University states that 200,000 football injuries are avoided each year by players using mouthguards. On the opposite end, one estimate from the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation cites that approximately three million teeth are knocked out each year during adult and youth sports due to failure to wear mouthguards! Four out of five dental injuries from sports affect the front teeth — the ones that are most visible. So athletes in contact sports should consider a mouthguard an essential piece of equipment.

What Do Mouthguards Accomplish?

Mouthguards protect against two different types of injuries:

  1. Impact injuries,
  2. Entanglement injuries.

Impact in contact sports is easily understood. Your face gets hit, possibly dislodging a tooth or causing your own teeth to cut your soft oral tissues. Mouthguards cushion the teeth, lessening impacts, and preventing lacerations. Entanglement issues occur when your teeth get stuck in equipment, or even other players after collisions. Failed slam dunks have resulted in teeth left in the netting and flying bodies cause accidental bites that leave teeth behind from the impact. We have even heard of a man who knocked out his two front teeth when using a doorway pull-up bar, although the home gym would normally not be considered a mouthguard zone. Nevertheless, mouthguards keep your teeth where they belong — in your mouth!

Our Carmichael dentists help you keep your teeth with a customized mouthguard for sports.
To keep those beautiful teeth, this athlete needs a mouthguard!

The Marconi Dental Group Makes Mouthguards

The ADA believes that customized mouthguards created by your dentist provide the best protection against injury. “Do-it-yourself” mouthguards from the sporting goods store generally fit poorly and pop loose at the worst possible moment. Customized mouthguards fit perfectly, making it easier to speak and breathe, while minimizing the risk of loss due to impact. Arrange a consultation with our Carmichael dental office to discuss your sport, the value of mouthguards and a fitting for a custom mouthguard. Call us at 916-589-6462, visit our office at 4350 Marconi Avenue, Suite 100 or contact us via our website to get a mouthguard personally tailored for you and your sports today!
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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.


The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.