Sports injuries aren’t anything new, especially when it comes to contact sports. The front teeth, tongue, and cheek are the most susceptible to damage. While wearing a mouthguard can’t prevent all types of injuries, it can prevent some and mitigate the damage of many others. More so if you’re wearing braces and other fixed dental appliances.
It is commonplace to see mouth guards when sports are involved and are meant to serve one purpose – to protect your mouth and teeth from trauma. If fact, mouthguards should be worn by anyone participating in any sport that involves body contact or flying equipment.
Before getting to know the different types of mouthguards, it’s important that you keep in mind that you should make sure that you’re wearing one that’s comfortable and resistant to tear, regardless of type.
Custom-made mouthguards. These are custom-made and designed for a specific individual, either in the dentist’s office or at a professional dental laboratory. They are very expensive but known to provide the best fit and protection.
Boil and bite mouthguards. Available at your typical sporting goods store, this mouth guard can be changed by boiling it in water and biting into it soon after, giving it a much better fit than the stock models.
Stock mouthguards. These are very cheap and can be worn immediately after purchase. However, the fit is often awkward and uncomfortable, making it hard to breath and talk.
It is also important to keep your mouthguard clean. Rinse it with cool water and brush it as you would your natural teeth to eliminate bacteria. Place it in a sealed container at room temperature as well in between uses.
If you have questions or concerns regarding mouthguards, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.
Dr. Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.