While playing sports are a lot of fun and a great way to maintain a good healthy lifestyle, they can also be surprisingly dangerous. Most sports are primarily noncontact and are not meant to hurt the athletes at all, but accidents happen and many athletes suffer injuries every year, especially injuries to the mouth. That is why you should invest in a quality sports mouth guard to protect your teeth during your athletic activities.
Sports mouth guards come in a variety of different types and styles, each modeled specifically to provide your teeth with the security and protection they need to keep your smile pretty. Most sports mouth guards are typically just made to cover your upper teeth, protecting against cracked or dislodged teeth, cuts on the lips and gums, and other serious mouth damage. If you have braces your dentist might recommend wearing a sports mouth guard designed to cover both your top and bottom teeth to offer better protection. No matter what kind you use, your mouth guard should be durable enough to withstand regular wear and tear, while also fitting snugly and comfortably.
There are three main kinds of sports mouth guards typically available for purchase that offer different benefits and draw backs.
Custom-made Mouth Guards
These high quality sports mouth guards are specifically designed to fit your mouth in a dental laboratory. They take a mold of your teeth and then create the mouth guard around the model, providing you with the best possible comfort and protection. These are the most popular option among professional athletes, but might be a bit too pricy for those not living on a professional athlete’s salary.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
These sports mouth guards need to be softened up by being submerged in boiling water before they fit properly. Then you bit into the warm plastic, allowing the guard to mold and shape to your teeth. Boil and bite mouth guards are available at most sporting goods stores, and offer solid protection at a much more reasonable price. Just make sure to follow directions closely in order to prevent a bad fit.
Stock Mouth Guards
These sports mouth guards are the cheapest and most universal. However, they do not offer as good protection or comfort, and can be big and bulky enough to hamper breathing and talking.
Sports Mouth Guard FAQ
What kind of sports mouth guard should I get?
There are a number of different sports mouth guards out there, and the quality you need depends on the sport you need it for. If you play a sport with a lot of hitting, like football or hockey, you likely need the best sports mouth guard you can afford. However, not every sport is as dangerous or demanding, so you might not need as good a mouth guard.
How long should my sports mouth guard last?
You should replace your mouth guard after each season, as regular wear and tear can lead to compromised protection. This is especially important for children, as their mouths are still growing and changing.
If you are in the Grand Prairie, Alberta area and have questions about with sports mouth guard is right for you, contact Northern Dental Centre at 780-532-1786 to schedule an appointment.
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