Who should wear a mouth guard?
Mouthguards should be worn by anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury to the mouth and face. This includes all types of football, basketball, netball, baseball, martial arts, ice skating and gymnastics.
What protection do they offer?
Mouthguards fit over the upper teeth are extend over the gums. They cushion any blows to the face and jaw and significantly reduced the risk of broken teeth, fractures of the jaw bones and soft-tissue injuries.
A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while you are wearing it, should be comfortable and shouldn’t impact breathing.
Types of Mouthguards
A stock mouthguard (the ready to wear type usually sold in sporting goods stores and pharmacies) is the cheapest form and offer virtually no protection. They don’t fit very well, are bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult. Kissing Point Dental Group does not endorse in any way the use of these products.
- Boil and bite
Boil and bite mouthguards also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and pharmacies. They do fit a bit better that stock mouthguards and may offer a slightly better protection. They are softened in hot water, inserted in the mouth and bitten into to mould to the teeth. Again, Kissing Point Dental Group does not endorse in any way the use of these products.
Custom-fitting mouthguards are made by dentists. They are made on casts made from impressions of your teeth. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customised to fit your mouth, they offer a high level of protection and superior comfort. There are a variety of custom-fitted mouthguards available and are specifically designed for the particular sport of activity. They can be made in a variety of different colours.