If you play hockey, you wear shoulder pads. If you catch a baseball, you wear a helmet. At a skate park, you wear a helmet. But, no matter what sport you play, the one thing you always need is a mouthguard. Here’s why.
A mouth missing front teeth means you cannot eat some of the foods that you like; you probably won’t smile much, and you might not speak very well.
If you are hit in the mouth with a hard object like a ball or an elbow or even get pushed to the ground, a mouthguard can cushion the blow.
A mouthguard is like a seatbelt for your mouth. It will prevent cuts to your lips, tongue and the inside of your cheeks. It cushions any blow to your mouth, which can help reduce damage from a concussion, and it will protect against getting a broken jaw. Wearing a mouthguard is less expensive than repairing a broken tooth, and, of course, it helps keep your teeth in your mouth.
Types of mouthguards
You can buy a stock mouth protector at many stores. It is ready to wear, but it can be uncomfortable and bulky and make it difficult for you to breathe or talk.
A boil-and-bite mouthguard is also easy to find at many stores. Place it in hot water; let it cool for a few seconds, and then, bite down on it to shape it to your mouth. This is better than a stock mouthguard, but it can still be difficult to fit correctly.
The best mouthguard is made by your dentist. We take an impression of your teeth. If you wear braces, we may recommend one for your lower teeth as well as your upper teeth. The impression is sent to a lab to make a mouthguard that is an exact fit for you. You might be able to request special colors or design. You will come back in a couple weeks. We will make sure the mouthguard fits you well and give you a special case to keep it in to protect the mouthguard and make it easier to keep track of.
To care for your mouthguard, rinse it with water before and after wearing it; brush it with a soft toothbrush. There are cleaning tablets that are great for appliances as well, ask us about them when you come in. Do not leave it in the hot sun, and regularly check it for tears or damage.
A mouthguard is an important piece of equipment for any sport. It can keep you in the game for years to come.