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The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports

10-08-2022

If you play sports, you probably already know how awful it can be for many athletes to sustain an injury. The American Dental Association estimates that maxillofacial injuries account for 10 to 20 percent of all sports-related injuries. By using a protective mouthguard, most of these injuries can be avoided or have their severity greatly decreased.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a flexible, cushioning dental appliance that fits securely over your teeth to prevent mouth and tooth injuries. Additionally, mouthguards stop the jaws from fully closing, lowering the possibility of concussion and injury to the jaw joints.

Why should you wear a mouthguard while playing sports?

All athletes, regardless of age, should have a mouthguard as a necessary piece of gear. Mouthguards aid to reduce harm to your mouth and face, much like how we wear helmets, knee pads, protective glasses, and other supportive gear when participating in particular sports. They serve as a shock absorber for impacts that may happen during sports and guard against broken jaws, chipped teeth, and soft tissue damage in the mouth.

In both competitive and recreational sports where collision, contact, or high impact injuries are expected to occur, mouthguards are frequently advised. During practice, training, and games, we strongly recommend patients to use their mouthguards. Talk to your dentist about orthodontic mouthguards and the best course of action if you use braces, retainers, or other oral appliances.

Types of mouthguards

The comfort and cost of these mouthguards differ, but they all help to protect your mouth.  Your mouthguard should fit snugly without obstructing your breathing or ability to talk clearly.

Custom

An imprint of your teeth can be used by your dentist to create a mouthguard specifically for you. Although it could be more expensive, this choice guarantees a secure and comfortable fit.

Boil and Bite

Mouthguards that boil and bite are composed of medical-grade silicone and may be reshaped numerous times as needed. This kind of mouthguard is heated to a boil before being quickly cooled off and then put into your mouth to create an impression.

Stock

These mouthguards can be purchased already constructed and ready to wear at a reasonable price. However, frequently they don’t fit correctly.

Care and Replacement

The best advice on how to maintain your mouthguard will come from your dentist. Every season or whenever it begins to show symptoms of wear, damage, or when it starts to become slack and not fit well, we advise replacing your mouthguard. Mouthguards may need to be changed more frequently for kids and teenagers since their mouths change more as they get older.

Following are some general tips for maintaining mouthguards:

  • It’s crucial to keep your mouthguard dry and clean in between uses.
  • Utilise a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your mouthguard.
  • Bring your mouthguards in for inspection at your dental appointments.
  • Use mouthwash before and after each use.
  • To keep your mouthguard dry and avoid bacterial growth, place it in a case with vents.

Dental injuries occur often in both amateur and professional sports. Use of a mouthguard is therefore the greatest option to safeguard your smile while you play. Teeth that are broken or absent do not regrow. In order to lessen the severity of an injury to your mouth and jaw, mouthguards can absorb the energy of an accident.

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