Sports are one means of achieving a physically active and healthy lifestyle. However, there is a risk of facing traumatic injury while participating in sports activities. Dental and facial injuries are the majority and are common. Sports dentistry focuses on the prevention and treatment of orofacial and dental damages. One significant prevention tool is the mouthguard. The mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an intra-oral device that is worn over the teeth to protect them from injuries. It also minimizes the danger of broken teeth. A mouthguard is an important athletic device for anyone participating in organized sports. Wilson Dentistry addresses dental trauma and promotes the usage of mouthguards as a preventive and safety measure.
When Is a Mouthguard Required?
A mouthguard must be worn to prevent lacerations to your gums, dislodging or fracturing of the teeth and to protect other dental and periodontal structures. Higher risks of dental trauma are present in contact sports like boxing and basketball. At the same time, a sportsperson is likely to injure themselves when engaged in non-contact sports like gymnastics and skateboarding.
Custom Made Mouthguards
Mouthguards that are custom made are individually created for your usage. They provide greater protection and a perfect fit. Our dental professionals will customize your mouthguard by taking an impression of your dental structure and then customize the guard to your specific needs to protect your teeth. Although more expensive, most professional athletes prefer custom-made mouthguards for better protection and comfortable fit.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouth protectors come in a pre-constructed form that can be purchased at any drugstore or sporting goods outlet. They are made to fit by inserting them in boiled water. You must then bite onto the mouthguard so that the warm plastic can adapt to the shape of your mouth providing a good fit. While not as well fitting or comfortable as custom fit mouthguards, they provide a better fit when compared to stock mouth protectors.
Stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and are available at a lower cost. Because they are inexpensive, they often do not fit well, can feel bulky, and cause trouble in breathing. They are typically thinner, and do not offer the best protection.
Care and Replacement
Mouthguards wear down over time and their effectiveness is reduced. Adolescent children may need to get their mouthguards replaced more frequently as their mouth changes as they grow and their teeth develop. Professional athletes have their mouthguards replaced at regular intervals. Certain points need to be kept in mind. It is imperative to keep your mouthguard clean and dry, rinse it before and after each use, look for any damage or ill-fit and get it replaced when necessary.
Our team at Wilson Dentistry is always ready to attend to your dental needs. Mouth injuries can cause your teeth to break, crack, or become dislodged. It is important to take preventive measures and get proper treatment for emergencies as soon as possible after injury. For more information on mouthguards and other dental preventive care call us at (346) 340-5440 today.