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Sports Mouthguards

Did you know that the most injured area of the body during contact sports is the mouth? Dental injuries are painful, costly, and permanent. Therefore, any athlete, from Olympian to kids playing hockey on the street, should wear a mouthguard and a helmet or headgear. 

What is a mouthguard? A mouthguard is an appliance worn in the mouth which helps prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. It should be worn in addition to protective headgear which also protects against injuries to the head and neck.

Choosing a mouthguard: There are three types of mouthguards that you may choose from.

Stock or ready-made mouthguards: These are the least expensive type and can be bought at most sports store. They are also the least satisfactory. Although they come in many different shapes and sizes, little can be done to adjust the stock mouthguard to fit your mouth. Many athletes complain that they are too bulky, loose, uncomfortable, and often interfere with breathing and speaking.
Mouth-formed/self-adapted mouthguards: These are still relatively inexpensive and are available from sports stores. They are molded to fit each individual mouth by boiling the mouthpiece in water and then biting into the warm plastic. They can be refitted if not properly made on the first try. This type of mouthguard can also feel bulky and can cause difficulty with breathing and speaking.

Custom-made mouthguards: This is the most highly recommended type of mouthguard. It is made at the dental office where it is individually designed and constructed by a dental professional. It is a bit more expensive than the other types but it has an exceptionally good fit. It is comfortable and does not interfere with speech or breathing.

A mouthguard should: provide maximum protection from a traumatic force remain in place during sports activity (a well-fitted mouthguard will provide this, but if the mouthguard does not fit properly, it may be too loose and be knocked out easily) not interfere with breathing or speech be comfortable to wear be easy to clean

Caring for your mouthguard: rinse under cold water after each use occasionally clean your mouthguard in a solution of soap and cool water store it in a container containing water so it will not get damaged or lost like any other sports gear, mouthguards can tear or wear out; therefore, replace them after each sports season .