When engaging in any sport, injuries are a common occurrence. One of the common injuries in sports occurs in the head and it's often the case that athletes can lose their teeth after getting injured. This is the case in boxing, soccer, basketball, hockey, and other types of contact sports. If you're a regular or professional athlete, it is important therefore to have protective measures that will ensure that you do not damage your teeth while engaging in what you love most. Our dental specialists at [[[CLIENTX:PracticeName]]] will help find the right option for your case and guarantee you maximum protection while you're on the field.
What is a Mouth Guard?
You might be wondering what a mouth guard is and why it is so important if you are involved in a contact sport. Mouth guards are dental devices meant to protect your teeth from trauma. A mouth guard covers your teeth, and in the process shields you from injury whether on the gums, cheeks, tongue, or teeth.
Who is The Best Candidate For A Mouth Guard?
If you're involved in contact sports it is crucial that you take preventive measures and protect your teeth in the event that you sustain an injury to the face. Your dentist will recommend a mouth guard if you play sports like soccer, lacrosse, football, hockey or basketball. These are games that are known to involve a high number of injuries to the face.
Also, if you play non-contact sport, you might also require a mouth guard. These are sports where you risk getting injured by falling. For instance, biking, gymnastics, and skating.
Different Types of Mouth Guards
Generally, there are three types of mouth guards that athletes can choose from. Your dentist can assist you in making the right decisions and pick the right mouth guard. In any case, a mouth guard should be comfortable to wear, durable, and tear-resistant. It should not interfere with your breathing or speech.
Custom-made mouth guards are the first type and are uniquely designed for you. They are made right from your dentist's office or a professional dental facility. At the facility, the impression of your teeth will be made, and the dentist will construct your mouth guard over a model of your teeth. They are comfortable and fitting since they are made from an impression of your teeth. This is the type of mouth guard we recommend.
Boil and bite mouth guards are the second type of mouth guard. This type of mouth guard comes in a preformed shape that can be modified according to a patient's needs. The mouth guard is boiled in water after which you will bite into the warm plastic for a personalized fit.
Stock mouth guards are the third type. They come ready-made.
How Often Do Your Replace Mouth Guards?
Mouth guards wear down after some time which might make them less effective. Therefore, it is recommended that you see your dentist to replace your mouth guard at least once after your sporting season. Adolescents are growing and their mouths do too, and therefore frequent replacement is essential.
Mouth guards are important protective devices for athletes especially for those in contact sports. You can visit our offices at Smiles of Groton to get a consultation and select the right mouth guard for your needs. If you require further information and details regarding mouth guards, you can call us at (351) 251-1230 or book an appointment at our offices.