Mouthguards for sports, also known as a sports guard or mouth protectors, are devices worn over your teeth in order to protect your teeth and mouth from blows to the face and head. Their main use is in contact sports such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, and skateboarding. The American Dental Association recommends wearing mouthguards during all practice sessions and competitions to prevent dental injuries. With the increasing participation in sports amongst the youth, mouthguards have become a necessary piece of equipment. Most mouthguards also act as a shield for protection against cut lips, broken teeth, or any other damage. Our amazing team at HomeTown Dental at Alliance has years of experience in preparing only the best personalized mouthguards suited to your needs for any sport and for all ages.
The Importance of Mouthguards for Sports
Sports guards are usually a soft plastic or laminate device to prevent oral injuries related to sports. Some of the various types of injuries that can be avoided with the use of mouthguard are broken or chipped teeth, fractured crowns, lip and cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth, fractured jaws and concussions. Recent studies show that seventy-five percent of injuries take place in when mouthguards are not worn and they are essential for all athletes regardless of age or sport.
Different Types of mouthguards
A sports mouthguard should be comfortable to wear and tear-resistant. It should not restrict your speech or breathing and should have a proper fit. The common types of mouthguard include custom-made mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards and stock mouthguards. Custom-made mouthguards are designed personally for the individual in our dental laboratory. They have the best fit amongst all the types of mouthguard. Boil-and-bite mouthguards come in pre-formed shapes that can be altered by boiling in hot water and then biting into them for a customized fit, but these can differ in fit depending on how hard you bite down on them. Stock mouthguards are inexpensive and come as ready to wear. However, their fit is far from ideal, and they do little to prevent jarring of the teeth.
How Long Should Mouthguards Last?
It is recommended that the mouthguards should be replaced after each season because they become less effective over time due to wear and tear. For adolescents, replacement should be done with the pace of their growth of teeth. mouthguards should be cleaned at equal intervals using non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. For disinfecting, 3% hydrogen peroxide can be used. To remove bacteria, washing your mouthguard with anti-bacterial soap helps.
Damaged teeth do not grow back, so it is important to wear protective equipment like mouthguards while playing sports that involve falls, body contact, and flying equipment that might lead to injuries. Mouthguards should be comfortable enough, resilient, durable, and easy to clean and should not hamper your breathing or speaking.
For more information regarding the right kind of mouthguard for you or any general question about any other issue related to oral care for sports please call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777 today.
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