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Why Do You Need an Athletic Mouthguard?

Many teeth are broken or lost in athletic events.  These accidents can be prevented if people wear an acceptable athletic mouthguard.  There is a tendency to purchase inexpensive mouthguards thinking that these protective appliance are adequate

Unfortunately, the advice about wearing mouthguards come mainly from coaches, friends, and family, and not from the dentist.

  • Up to 30% of oral trauma is from sporting events. Most children and youth participate in sporting events while they are in primary or secondary school.  Many of these sports involve bodily contact.
  • Only a few sports mandate mouthguards. These sports include football, boxing, field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse.
  • Ball sports and stick-and-ball sports are responsible for most oral-facial injuries in sports.
  • Significant risk sports for oral-facial injuries are soccer, football, rugby, cycling, basketball, wrestling, hockey, cricket and baseball, martial arts, boxing,
  • Although mouthguards of various types are worn by participants during sporting events, there are still many mouth injuries because the lower-cost stock mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards are not effective.

What are the most adequate mouthguard?

  1. Stock Mouthguards are bulky and have no retention to teeth.  They must be held in place by biting on them.  Dental and medical experts do not recommend these types of mouthguards and they should not be used.
  2. Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards are available in limited sizes and often do not cover posterior teeth.  They are often modified by wearers, further reducing their effectiveness.  These are not very effective in preventing injuries.
  3. Custom Vacuum-Made Mouthguards are usually made in a dental office.  the dental staff take an impression of the teeth and the mouthguard us made in the office using a vacuum processing device.  These provide custom fit and are better than the Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards
  4. Custom Thermoformed Laminated Mouthguards are made by a dental lab after the dentist takes an impression in the office.  These moutguards can come in a variety of thicknesses.  They will not distort over time or exposed to high heat (like leaving it in the car on a hot day).  Can be for any age sport, level of competition or past injury.  Typically last about 2 years.  These are the most adequate protective mouthguard for sports.

Please take a moment to consider investing in a highly protective atheltic mouthguard.  Although the dentist made and lab made types are more expensive, they are cheaper then the cost of the dental and medical treatment needs after an injury has occurred.

For more information on this, an the other services we offer, please contact us or call 281-579-7222

 

 

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