Without mouthguards, sports are not at all safe for your teeth. Unfortunately, most sports do not require mouthguards to play. Yet, so much pain and suffering would be alleviated if more did. Everyone should agree that protecting the teeth and keeping them where they belong, in the mouth, is the happiest outcome.
The most common injuries that happen to those who don’t wear mouthguards are broken teeth, cuts to the mouth, biting of the tongue, and injury to the jaw. Research tells us that the athletes not wearing mouthguards are the ones who suffer these injuries. Of all the different sports, almost half of all mouth injuries occur to players of basketball and baseball.
Types of Mouthguard
Typical mouthguards are made of soft, pliable plastic shaped to fit into the mouth. Most of them can be found in sports stores or online. Generally, there are 3 styles.
-Stock mouthguards are pre-molded to go straight into the mouth without any personalization. This means they will not fit snugly.
-Boil and bite mouthguards are more customizable. They are more comfortable and fit better than the stock kind because you soften them up by first boiling them in water before putting them in your mouth. Once cooled enough, biting down will mold them into the shape of your individual mouth.
-Custom mouthguards can be form fitted by your dentist. This is the Mercedes of mouthguards, and as such, it is very expensive and offers the best, most comfortable fitting.
Comfort is the most important consideration when choosing a mouthguard. If you’re interested in mouthguards, call Dr. Douglas B Ball for more information. Please contact Dental Center to make an appointment at: 801.224.6165, or come by our office in Orem, Utah.