Throughout the seasons both kids and adults participate in team sports which can be a detriment to our teeth.  What do baseball/softball, football, hockey, basketball and boxing all have in common?  All these sports contribute significantly to the amount of dental injuries dentists see every single year.  The problem with most of these injuries is that it’s almost entirely preventable with the proper use of a mouth guard. Mouthguards are required in some sports and not in others, but it has been proven that mouth guards significantly reduce the amount of dental injuries.

One reason that mouthguards often are not put into proper use is that they can be uncomfortable.  On the youth football field, you will often see the kids chewing on the edges of mouthguards instead of seating them firmly against their teeth.  However, if the mouthguards were more properly fit they would be more comfortable.  A poorly fit mouthguard can make it difficult to breath, because it either is fit too far back on the teeth toward the throat, or, in the case of a loosely fit mouth guard, it may require the use of both the upper and lower teeth to hold the mouth guard in place, thereby closing off the mouth for air.  Obviously this can make breathing difficult when someone is working hard on the playing field.

There are three different types of mouthguards.  Firstly, and the least most recommended mouthguard, are stock mouthguards, which can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.  Stock mouthguards cannot be molded to the teeth.  Secondly, the most common type of mouthguard, referred to as a boil-and-bite mouthguard, is molded to the teeth after it has been softened in boiling water, and, once softened, the person who will be wearing the mouthguard, will bite down into the mouthguard where the material will form around the teeth.  The last type of mouthguard is a custom-made mouthguard, a mouthguard which has been built by a qualified dentist in accordance with the dental history and needs of the patient..  Regardless of the style of mouthguard that you choose, if you are concerned with a proper fit, visit your dentist.  Your dentist can help you to achieve a proper fit and hopefully it will do its job in preventing any possible sports-related dental emergencies.

If you are looking for a custom mouthguard please contact Premier Dental today!