Everything you Need to Know About Mouth guards
Imagine what would it be if you lost one or more of your teeth due to an injury? Not only will you have difficulty in eating and speaking but you will also have to face significant esthetic problems due to the missing teeth. So what can you do prevent dental injuries? One way would be to avoid any situation which may result in trauma to your teeth. However, this is not always possible as accidents can occur at any time. If you want your teeth and gums to be prevented from accidental damage, then you should consider wearing a mouthguard.
What is a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards, also known as mouth protectors are simple dental appliances that prevent teeth and gums from traumatic injuries by providing a cushion to any blow or impact force. Mouthguards are usually worn over the upper teeth, which are among the most common dental structures to get damaged due to trauma due to their forward placement.
Who Should Wear a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards should be worn by anyone who is at a greater risk of having dental emergencies. A mouthguard is recommended for you in the following cases:
• Contact Sports – your facial structures are more prone to dental injuries if you like contact sports like football, soccer should wear a mouthguards while playing.
• Non-contact/Recreational Sports – although there are less chances of dental injuries in non-contact sports like riding a bicycle, skateboarding or gymnastics, it’s best to prevent your teeth and gums by wearing a mouthguard.
How Many Types of Mouthguards are There?
• Stock Mouthguards – these are preformed and available in various sizes. However, since they do not provide optimal fit, breathing and speaking becomes difficult when they are worn. We do not recommend it.
• Boil and Bite Mouthguards – These can be bought at various sports stores. They offer better fit and comfort in comparison to the stock protectors. Since they are prepared from thermoplastic materials, they are boiled and then placed inside the mouth to shape them according to the contour of the teeth. MAY CAUSE STRESS TO THE TMJ- LEADING TO SORENESS AND PAIN
• Custom Mouthguards – these are individually prepared for each patient at the dentist’s office and provide the best fit and convenience. These mouth protectors are more expensive than the other two types and require longer time for fabrication BUT OFFER THE BEST AND SAFEST SOLUTION.
Just like other parts of the body your teeth are also an asset, and you should make sure that you protect them at any cost. If you want to retain your natural teeth throughout life, then it would be a good idea to start wearing mouthguards to protect your oral soft and hard tissues from accidental damage.
Other types of sports that you can use a mouthguard for:
o American football
If you need a custom mouthguard or splint (name used in the UK), call to make an appointment with your dentist.
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