When you love the game, there’s nothing worse than being kept away from it. Mouth and head injuries are very common in almost any physical activity, whether it’s soccer, football, or even gymnastics. It’s not just the contact sports that pose a risk. The last thing you want is a costly and painful injury to cut into your time spent enjoying what you love the most.

A sports mouth guard could be the smartest investment you ever make in your smile. As advocates of your dental health, the team at Marconi Dental Group strongly encourages the use of a custom sports guard during recreational activities. Here’s why:

Avoid A Dental Emergency

The obvious benefit of a mouth guard is the protection it affords for your teeth. A displaced or broken tooth is not fun and can require costly treatment or even pain. Even if money were no object to you, money can’t exactly buy time. Repairing damage done to a broken tooth will likely require some time out of your busy schedule that you weren’t planning to sacrifice.

The Investment to Protect Other Investments

Do you wear braces? Have you ever had your teeth straightened? Are you confident with your new set of veneers? Or perhaps you just finished that last crown to protect your back teeth from a fracture?

Other valuable dental work is at risk of damage from trauma experienced during physical activity. You definitely don’t want to have to redo anything! A dental emergency may not be just a damaged tooth, but it could be that a crown is knocked loose or a beautiful cosmetic restoration is chipped.

Save More Than Just Your Teeth!

The trauma that results from a blow to the head may cause harm to more than your teeth. Other potential injuries may include damage to your:

  • Lacerations to the cheeks, lips and tongue
  • TMJ
  • Brain (concussion)

A sports guard absorbs and diffuses the impact of a blow to your mouth or jaw. Some mouth injuries can be even more serious than a fractured tooth. You’ll be grateful you chose to wear a guard.

What About Ready-Made Guards?

Are the generic mouth guards you find a drugstore just as effective as a custom-made one? They may provide some protection, but most people find them to be:

  • Bulky
  • Obstructive to breathing and talking
  • Uncomfortable
  • Loosely fitting
  • Awkward over restorations or braces

A custom sports mouth guard may sound unnecessary at first, but it will last you much longer than a one-size-fits-all sort. It’s far more comfortable, so you (or your child) will be more likely to wear it when it’s needed. It also provides additional protection for secondary trauma.

The Benefits to Your Game

Protect your smile and your game with a custom-fitted sports guard designed by the Marconi Dental Group in Carmichael, CA. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how to care for and get the most out of your mouth guard. Having a quality custom guard will keep your teeth safe – and keep you in the game!

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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.