Jumping on a trampoline, skate boarding, gymnastics, playing hockey, baseball, or basketball are just some of the fun activities kids engage in every day. Although very different, all of these activities have one thing in common: the potential for trauma to the mouth, face, and jaw. Trauma may include fractured or avulsed teeth, broken jaws, laceration of the soft tissues, concussions, and many others. Any of these injuries could impact the way you smile, talk, and eat forever. This can all be easily prevented by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard.
Studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards are recommended to be worn at all times during recreational activities and sports, including practices. We all know that convincing a child to do so will require a comfortable device that does not obstruct his or her ability to talk and excel in the sport of choice.
There are three types of mouthguards: ready-made or stock mouthguard, “boil and bite” mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard fabricated by your dentist. According to the American Dental Association, the mouthguard should fit properly, be durable, be easy to clean and not restrict speech or breathing. The best mouthguard is one that is custom-made to fit your mouth. These kinds of mouthguards are tailored to the individual’s mouth, they are gentle on the soft tissues like cheeks and gums, and can be adjusted by your dentist to ensure proper fit over time.
“What if I have braces? Can I wear a mouthguard?” Absolutely! A mouthguard will provide a cushion between your braces and your lips and cheeks. This will prevent damage to the braces but also protect the soft tissues of the mouth. Typically, mouthguards are made to fit on the upper teeth, but if you have appliances that prevent wearing a mouth guard on the top teeth, a custom-made mouthguard for the bottom teeth is possible. Talk to us about which mouthguard is best for you.
Protect your mouth and your smile. Wear a mouthguard!