Have you ever experienced losing any of your front teeth or having any of it damaged or broken? Speaking and smiling will never be the same as before if this happens. It is important that you take good care of your face and your mouth if you are actively participating in any contact sports and recreational activities.
What is a mouth guard?
If you lead an active lifestyle and are very much into contact or individual sports, mouth guards can be beneficial for you. A mouth guard is an appliance made of plastic that is used during athletic activities to serve as a cushion to the face and reduce the risk of broken teeth and getting your tongue, lips, and jaw injured. Mouth guards are a good protection for the soft tissues of your tongue, lips, and cheek lining.
Why should a mouth guard be worn?
Dental experts recommend the use of mouth guards to protect your mouth from injuries, especially in many sports activities. It is reported that thousands of injuries happen every year and it is important that you protect your mouth when participating in these activities to avoid getting injured.
How do mouth guards prevent injuries?
A mouth guard can help prevent many injuries including jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness and neck injuries, by making sure your lower jaw does not get jammed with your upper jaw.
Mouth guards also move the soft tissue in your mouth away from the teeth so as to prevent injury or laceration of the lips and cheeks especially those who are wearing braces or are under orthodontic treatment.
Types of mouth guards:
- Stock mouth guards – If you are looking for the least costly type of mouth guard, that would be the stock mouth guard; however, these offers the least protection because it does not really perfectly fit for the user. This type of mouth guard requires the jaw to be closed causing an interference with speaking and breathing. This is not really considered an effective protective appliance.
- Mouth-formed protectors – these mouth guards are available in many drugstores and sporting goods stores and offer better fit compared to the stock mouth guards. These are made of thermoplastic material and are being boiled in water and then inserted so that it follows the shape of your mouth.
- Custom-made mouth protectors – the best option when considering a mouth guard is the one that is made by your dentist because it offers the best fit and protection as it is designed based on the impression of your teeth. This offers maximum protection and perfect fit.
A mouth guard should be considered as an important necessity when you are actively participating in sports. Many types of injuries can possibly happen without the use of mouth guards. The best type of mouth guard for use is the one that is custom-made from a dentist because it offers maximum protection and best fit for the user. If you are considering a mouth guard, it is best to consult our dentist so that he can help you get the protection you need.