Sports Mouthguards Are For Anyone Who Leads An Active Lifestyle

Sports mouth guards are a necessary piece of protective sports equipment for athletes. Just like other protective sports equipment, mouth guards can prevent serious dental injuries from occurring. It is especially important for children and teens to use sports mouth guards, as those ages commonly participate in competitive sports. The American Dental Association estimates that up to 20-percent of sports injuries affect the mouth and oral health. It recommends the use of sports guards for those competing and playing in all major, popular sports.

Sports mouth guards are effective at preventing a wide range of potential injuries. Mouth guards, especially custom fitted ones, absorb impacts that can lead to concussions and fractures. Mouth guards also prevent the loss or displacement of teeth, as well as cuts and bruises.

It is important that a sports mouth guard is correctly fit for a person's jaw structure and teeth layout. With the right fit, a mouth guard should provide great cushioning between the teeth. It should also remain securely in place without moving around much. When this is the case, the guard will effectively protect the person from upwards impact (from the chin and neck area) and frontal impact (from the mouth).

Dentists can provide you with recommended mouth protection for competitive and recreational sports. It is highly recommended to choose a custom-fitted guard made by your dentist, as this type of guard provides the most protection and comfort. One-size-fits all models are also available and effective. Athletes are commonly given a mouth-formed sports guard. To use this type of guard, boil it in water and then, when cooled a bit, place it in the mouth and bite down so it “forms” around your teeth.

Your dentist can help you choose the right mouthguard for an athlete. It should be durable, tear-resistant, and comfortable. If a child plays multiple sports, then a new mouthguard should be replaced every season. Mouth guards wear down over time and become less effective.