Wearing a mouth guard can protect you! Teens and adults are continually facing injuries while they are in the playing field. Undergoing treatment for many mouth injuries can bring upon huge transformation in the life of those teens. As we all know, dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury that one experiences in sports. In order to mitigate the risk of those injuries, you need to have mouth guard.
In this blog post we take a look at types of mouth guards there are and why many sports require mouth guard. We also answer the actual importance of wearing mouth guard.
Types of Mouth Guard
There are 3 types of mouth guards, including:
- Stock preformed mouth guards. These are inexpensive and can be found at more sports stores. However, they are bulky and not adjustable. Thus they are the most uncomfortable and can often make it hard to breathe when playing.
- Boil-and-bite mouth guards. These are also found at most sports stores, but they made of a soften rubber which allows you to mold the mouth guard to your own mouth.
- Custom-made mouth guards. These mouth guards are individually constructed at a dental office to fit your mouth exactly. They are made with a thinner plastic that is much more comfortable, yet offers the same level of protection.
You can find stock preformed and boil-and-bite mouth guards in nearly all sport stores, and if you looking for a protective and cost-effective option then you can go this route. A perfect and efficient mouth guard needs to be tear-resistant, comfortable, and resilient and it should not control speech and breathing. It needs to be durable and should fit properly. A custom-made mouth guard is designed and fabricated by a dentist and offers all of the above.
Sports Which Use Mouth Guards
There are numerous sports that use, and even require, mouth guards. Most ball sports such as football, basketball, soccer, hockey, are highly susceptible to mouth injuries because of flying balls, elbows, heads, etc. Hence, these sports definitely need a mouth guard to protect from mouth injuries. Other sports where you come in close contact with others participants, or are at a higher risk of falling like martial arts, wrestling, gymnastics, ice skating, and skateboarding, it’s a good idea to where a mouth guard to prevent injury.
Why Mouth Guards are Important?
According to a survey, it was found that near 80 percent of teens and adults fail to wear mouth guards during sports. Teens and adults are used to wearing other sport equipment like goggles, helmets, and shoulder pads but they think mouth guards are not mandatory. Even so, wearing a mouth guard will definitely safe guard and protect all athletes from future damage.
Mouth guards act like a shock absorber protecting your teeth from damages. It’s not just to prevent getting a tooth knocked out – breaking of the lower jaw, as well as accidental biting of lips and tongue can also be controlled with the use of mouth guards.
To discuss the possibility of using having a custom mouth guard made for you or your child, please talk to Dr. Eltzroth at Philadelphia Square Dental Care. Dr. Eltzroth has years of experience providing beautiful smiles with no pain at all.