Oral accessories, like mouthguards, are designed to protect your teeth. Mouthguards are especially helpful in evading dental injuries in athletes and sportspersons. Sports mouthguards are used extensively by sportspersons engaging in sports such as hockey, football, boxing, basketball, baseball, soccer, and any sport where dental injuries might occur. The American Dental Association states that mouthguards are used for twenty-nine sports or activities.
A mouthguard can also be useful for active kids who spend a lot of time outdoors. Are you finding it difficult to select the right sport mouthguard? Contact Mor Smiles and our professionals will help you get a perfectly fitted mouthguard that is appropriate for your sport.
Different Types of Sports Mouthguards
Sportspersons have a variety of mouthguards to choose from, including stock, boil and bite, and customized mouthguards. Made from thermoplastic, boil and bite mouthguards offer superior fit. As the name suggests, boil and bite mouthguards are ‘boiled’ in hot water to soften them before putting them inside the mouth. To achieve the proper shape, pressure is applied by using both fingers and tongue to fit the mouthguard to the mouth.
Stock mouthguards can easily be found at sporting goods stores. They are ready made solutions to safeguard your teeth but customization options are limited. While stock and boil and bite mouthguards offer some protection, it makes sense to get customized mouthguards for sportspersons with a focus on precision and fit. It will be costlier, but the protection and comfort levels will be much higher.
Comprehensive Protection For Teeth
Typically, mouthguards are made to safeguard upper teeth. However, in some cases, mouthguards are made to cover the lower teeth as well. Your teeth should be examined by our dental professionals before a mouthguard can be recommended. A suitable sports mouthguard has to be comfortable, easy to clean, and durable. It should not cause any problems while speaking and breathing. Sportspersons wearing braces should also wear mouthguards. Of course, customized mouthguards have to be used in such cases.
Caring For Your Sports Mouthguard
Just like any other sports accessory, it is necessary to take care of your mouthguard. By taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure the mouthguard lasts a long time and offers optimum protection. It should be rinsed well every day in clean water. Keeping your mouthguard safely stored away when you are not using it is also necessary. Using a sturdy, clean container case is advisable. Avoid leaving the mouthguard under direct sunlight or in hot water for long periods of time. Try to keep the mouthguard free of dust and particles as much as possible.
Replacing and Inspection
It is necessary to have your existing sports mouthguard professionally inspected periodically to ensure it is continuing to protect your teeth. The lifespan of any mouthguard depends on the frequency of usage and how well it is cared for. You can bring your mouthguard to our office to have it, and your teeth, thoroughly examined.
Do you want to learn more about sports mouthguards? Contact Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 and we will be more than happy to help find the perfect sports mouthguard for your needs.