Sports Mouthguard

Many of the injuries that happen to the head and neck area, jaw, teeth, lips, cheeks or tongue are sports related. If you are practicing a sport and there is a risk that you could sustain injuries to those areas, you should wear a mouthguard.

Mouthguards are appliances that protect the teeth, the jaws and the soft tissues of the mouth. It is recommended to wear a mouthguard during the practice of a sport in order to prevent you from breaking your teeth, having a concussion, broken jaw and reduce the injuries done to your soft tissues.
There are many types of mouthguards available to you. In sports stores and pharmacies, you can find the universal ones, and the ”boil and bite” kind. These types of mouthguards are not recommended for many reasons.

Good to know:

First the universal mouthguards are mouthguards fabricated in limited sizes. They are usually not the correct size for you or the right thickness. They are not adjusted to your mouth and you can’t adjust them. They are usually not comfortable. They are not stable and they tend to move. People generally experience difficulties talking or even breathing with these mouthguards.

Mouthguards that are ”boil and bite” are appliances that you put in hot water to make it softer and then bite in it to partially shape it. The disadvantages of these mouthguards are the lack of stability and that they are not the right thickness. They are usually not the right size or they don’t cover all the teeth. They do not usually last long.

Mouthguards that are custom-made by your dentist are the ones that are recommended. They are fabricated to fit your teeth and only your teeth. Their fit is perfect and they are made to cover all of your teeth. They do not move while you are wearing them. People don’t feel restraint in their speech or their breathing.

A mouthguard is a preventative appliance recommended by all physicians and dental professionals. Custom-made mouthguards may be more expensive than the ones offered in the pharmacies and sport stores but protecting your teeth is an investment in the long term. Replacing missing teeth is much more expensive than having custom fabricated mouthguards.