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Athletic Mouthguard

For many adults and children who play contact sports, an athletic mouthguard is often overlooked. However, not wearing an athletic mouthguard can lead to damage to your smile and facial tissues.  Many people are unaware of the need for an athletic mouthguard, others just don’t think they are cool, and others might complain they are uncomfortable. For safety, every contact sport requires a well made athletic mouthguard. This will be essential to keeping your mouth and face protected.  Below you will find the most important reasons to wear an athletic mouthguard.

What Can An Athletic Mouthguard Do For Me?

Protect Against Tooth Fractures. Trauma to the mouth will often lead to a fractured tooth. An athletic mouthguard can help prevent or decrease the severity of these types of injuries, preserving your smile. If a tooth does get fractured, below are a few of the possible outcomes…

1. Small, Superficial Fracture. If the fracture is small enough and stays away from the nerve of the tooth, your dentist can probably repair it with tooth bonding. Tooth bonding uses a tooth colored material to match your existing teeth and restore form and function.

2. Fracture Exposing The Nerve Of The Tooth. At this point to save the tooth, root canal therapy will be needed and then rebuilding the tooth with a full coverage crown.

3. Fracture All The Way Down To The Root Of The Tooth. A fracture this large usually leaves only one option and that is a tooth extraction. Then to replace the tooth will invlolve placement of a dental implant, a fixed dental bridge, or a removable denture.

Protect Against Teeth Displacement. One of the main functions of an athletic mouthguard is to cushion any trauma that occurs around your teeth area. If you are hit in the face by a baseball when not wearing an athletic mouthguard, the tooth may not fracture but it could loosen your tooth and make it mobile or even fall out. A dentist may need to splint your teeth together to allow the tooth to heal on its own. Proper treatment should help lessen the chances of  permanent loss of the affected tooth.

Protect Against Knocking A Tooth Out. Blunt force trauma can literally knock a tooth out of its socket. This is called an avulsed tooth. Fortunately, if cared for properly and placed back in as soon as possible there is a chance of the tooth being saved. An athletic mouthguard decreases the chance of  this from even happening.

Possibly Protect Against Concussions. These types of injuries are all over the news of late with big time sports stars lives irrevocably damaged due to multiple concussions. Recent research has shown that wearing a well fitting athletic mouthguard may possibly lower the possibility of concussions. The athletic mouthguard acts as a cushion to lessen the force placed on the brain from contact sports. More research is needed for definitive proof.

Protect The Lips, Tongue, and Cheeks. When undergoing trauma, we have a tendency to bite down. Without an athletic mouthguard in place, we tend to bite down on the soft tissues in and around the mouth. Athletic Mouthguards can keep you from damaging those softer tissues while enjoying your favorite activities.

Protect Against Fractures Of The Jaw. Again, when undergoing trauma the force can be lessened by the cushion of the athletic mouthguard. Without that padding the force can break your jaw into pieces. A jaw fracture usually requires extensive surgery to repair.

Athletic Mouthguard Conclusion

A custom made athletic mouthguard costs more than a store bought one. The benefits of a custom athletic mouthguard are numerous. A poor fitting athletic guard may be a risk not worth taking.  Once a tooth is gone it is gone, concussion trauma causes long term issues, and jaw fractues are a huge concern. Why take the risk of damaging your beautiful smile? Or even your quality of life?

Sports mouthguards are completely necessary if you wish to maintain your teeth while participating in a contact activity.

Save Teeth - Wear Sports Mouthguards

Wear Sports Mouthguards to Save Teeth

Dental injuries are the #1 type of facial injury sustained during participation in athletic sports. Victims of total tooth avulsions (knocked out teeth) who do not have teeth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 – $15,000 per tooth, countless hours at the dentist, and the possibility to develop other dental problems such as periodontal disease, malocclusion, or collapsed bite.

It is estimated by the American Dental Association (ADA) that sports mouthguards prevent almost 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone.

A properly fitted sports mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause little to no interference to speaking and breathing, and have excellent retention, fit, and proper thickness in critical areas.

Types of Sports Mouthguards

Sports mouthguards come in a few varieties. These include the following:

Stock Sports Mouthguards. This mouthguard is typically the least expensive of the mouthguards. It is readily available in most sporting goods stores. Their prices range from a few dollars to about 25-30 dollars maximum. These sports mouthguards are ready to be used right out of the package. This type of sports mouthguard has some serious drawbacks. They tend to be quite bulky and lack any real retention. These will therefore interfere with speech as well as breathing. These mouthguards are often modified by the user further reducing protection and retention. This sports mouthguard is the least amount of protection.

Boil and Bite Sports Mouthguards. This is the most common type of sports mouthguard in use today. These are also available at most sporting goods and drug stores and are also considered fairly inexpensive. These are a giant step up from the stock sports mouthguards. These tend to fit far better since they are shaped by each athlete’s mouth and teeth. Hot water is all that is needed to adjust the plastic comfortably around the teeth and gums. These sports mouthguards are made from a thermoplastic material that is immersed in

Sports Mouthguards to save teeth

Save Your Teeth – Sports Mouthguards

boiling water and then formed in the mouth using biting, finger, and tongue pressure. Even this can be a challenging task for some so it may be best to contact your dentist when using even these to ensure they fit properly and cover the teeth sufficiently for protection. These sports mouthguards come in only a few stock sizes so they may not fit all participants the same. Many studies have shown that these boil and bite sports mouthguards do not adequately cover all the teeth in a high percentage of high school and collegiate athletes.

Custom Fit Sports Mouthguards. These sports mouthguards are custom designed and fit just for each individual athlete. These are available thru your dentist. The entire process takes about one week to complete. The initial visit will include taking an impression of the upper teeth. This allows the dentist to create a model of your teeth which is then sent off to a dental laboratory. The laboratory technician will make a custom sports mouthguard adjusting it to each athetes preferences and needs and still being fully protective. The sports mouthguard should cover all teeth on the upper arch to be considered to be offering adequate protection. The major advantages to a custom nightguard include:

-Increased retention

-Thinner material to allow for better breathing while maintaining the protection.

-Longer lasting. While custom sports mouthguards will cost more it will last a significantly longer time than the

sports mouthguards - pro form

ProForm Sports Mouthguards

other versions mentioned earlier.

-Personalized. You may choose your color so that you know it’s yours, or team colors/logos. You can also have your name imbedded in the sports mouthguard (a good example of this is the proform sports mouthguards) so that it can be readily identified. You do not want to mistakenly put someone elses sports mouthguard into your mouth!

-More hygienic. the higher quality material is less likely to embed bacteria within your sports mouthguard.

Safety, Safety, Safety

With an increased prevalence of concussions in sports these days athletes sometimes forget a well made custom mouthguard will offer increased protection against

Wearing Sports mouthguards

Do Not Forget Your Sports Mouthguard

concussions as well. Whatever type of sports mouthguard is chosen it is important to wear it at all times when playing. Many athletes do not keep them in their mouths and this is when injuries occur. At first it may seem uncomfortable but if an athlete begins wearing it at a young age they soon do not even realize they are using a sports mouthguard. Once you get used to it, it becomes second nature to them.

Enjoy your activities but stay safe from injuries especially dental ones!