Who needs a mouthguard?
Mouthguards are typically required when playing contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball, boxing, and lacrosse. However, experts are now suggesting that even athletes playing non-contact sports such as tennis and gymnastics wear mouthguards.
This is because playing sports puts you at a higher risk of damaging your teeth. Whether another player hits you, you fall, or a ball or piece of equipment hits you in the face, just one small accident can cause major tooth damage or even knock out one or more teeth. Using a mouthguard can prevent these types of injuries.
Types of mouthguards
There are several types of mouthguards available on the market today, including:
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are the cheapest style available. They can be found in chemists or sporting goods stores and they only take a few minutes to form. The ready-made types are ready to be used as soon as you purchase them, but may need to be cut to fit your mouth size. Both styles of mouthguard can be extremely uncomfortable to wear and often players will discard them during play.
Custom-made mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection because your dentist moulds them to fit the specific contours of your mouth.
The safety provided by custom-fitted guards precisely made for a player’s unique mouth is superior to any off-the-shelf sports mouthguard.
At Children’s Dentistry Castle Hill, we recommend that you have a custom-fitted sports mouthguard if you’re regularly involved in a sport. If you’d like to know more, please contact us for an appointment.
Mouthguards are prone to collect dirt and bacteria if not cleaned properly. It is important that you thoroughly wash your mouthguard after each use. Rinse it with cold water. You can also use a toothbrush and toothpaste or rinse with mouthwash on a regular basis.