In many case, huge numbers of these high-impact activities present a genuine health risk as well, for example: football, ice hockey, wrestling, boxing, basketball and baseball.
Impact during these sports can lead to broken or lost teeth, facial lacerations, and cracked bones etc. As indicated by a study, sports accidents represent 10 – 39 % of all dental injuries sustained by kids.
Sport mouthguards are devices worn over the teeth by athletes to shield them from injuries to the face or head.
Sport mouthguards can decrease the brutality and help to prevent the occurrence of injuries like a cracked or broken tooth, a broken jaw, soft tissue damage and even having a tooth completely knocked out!
These excruciating wounds take time to treat and heal, and treatment can be costly, particularly when a patient requires a crown or root canal.
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we help our patients understand that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues. More so, we help them protect their smile by showing and advising them on the different types of mouthguards available and which one is best for them to use.
Types of mouthguards
To help prevent injuries, there is several different types of mouthguard available to athletes that offer varying degrees of protection.
No matter which type of mouthguard you select, it should be strong, tear-resistant and comfortable. More so, your mouthguards should not be the one that will restrict your speech or breathing and it should fit properly.
These three types of mouthguards are:
- Stock Mouthguards
- Boil and Bite Mouthguards
- Custom-made Mouthguards
Stock mouthguards are the least expensive guards and are made of rubber and come in a limited number of sizes that cannot be altered to improve fit.
As a result of this, athletes must hold the mouthguard in place with their teeth, continuously biting down on the device. Stock guards offer the minimum amount of protection, and they may make breathing and talking difficult.
This is made of a material called ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and are available to athletes over-the-counter and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
They are warmed in water and permitted to cool for around 20 seconds before being put in the athlete’s mouth, where they are shaped to the teeth with pressure from the mouth and fingers.
While these devices fit better and offer more shield over stock mouthguards, they tend to be bulky and awkward, likewise meddling with breathing and speech.
A lot of our patients declare that custom-made mouthguards provide the most comfortable fit and the best protection against injuries, and obviously they are more durable than the others.
This is because they are individually designed for each athlete and created in the dentist’s office or a dental laboratory.
Dentists can easily create these custom mouthguards by taking an impression of your teeth and then constructing the mouthguard designed specifically for you. These mouthguards will fit and feel better; they are the most expensive but well worth the extra money spent.
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we are here to help our patients and local communities improve sports safety and reduce dental injuries by continually stressing the importance of mouthguards for them.
For more inquiries visit us at Unit 4/ 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes, QLD 4509 or call (07) 3465 1199 to learn more or schedule a visit.