What would it be like if you suddenly found yourself missing a few teeth? Did you know that if you play sports, this is a real possibility? To keep your smile safe, we recommend wearing an athletic mouthguard. If you decide not to, you may be putting yourself at risk regardless of how athletic you are. In fact, people who play sports without a mouthguard are 60 times more likely to damage their smile. Please don’t misunderstand; this includes contact sports like hockey and football, but also sports such as basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics.
Unfortunately, not all mouthguards are created equal. Stock mouthguards tend to be too heavy and bulky and can make it difficult to breathe or speak. Boil and bite mouthguards usually fit better because they are softened, then bit into. This means they will at least have a shape similar to your smile. Still, the fit will not be perfect and they are made of lower-quality material than what a dentist can offer.
While you will need to visit a dentist for a custom mouthguard, they are specifically designed to fit your smile. This will make breathing easier and wearing your mouthguard more comfortable. Custom mouthguards will also absorb impact more effectively and prevent damage to your teeth or head. Similarly, because custom mouthguards distribute impact properly, you will be less likely to suffer from fractures and concussions.
It is also important to care for your mouthguard properly, regardless of the type you choose. We recommend replacing your mouthguard when it becomes worn and that you not leave the mouthguard in hot water or in the sun. You should brush your mouthguard before and after you use it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Would you like more information on mouthguards? Are you hoping to schedule an appointment with our team? If so please contact us today.