Spring Sports: Are You Protected?
Staff | March 2022
As you get ready for the spring sports season, be sure to make a mouthguard part of your equipment list. When you’re out there competing, make sure that your mouth and jaw are protected from common sports injuries, just like the pros do.
Sports mouthguards protect your teeth and gums in contact and field sports. We custom-fit these dental devices for athletes of all ages.
According to The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, sports-related dental injuries account for 40% of all dental injuries in the United States. Why not prevent injuries from happening? Using a custom-fitted mouthguard can reduce the risk of:
- Broken teeth
- Tooth root damage
- Fractured crowns or bridgework
- Cheek and lip injuries
- Fractured jaw
There are several types of appliances to choose from. Custom-made mouthguards provide the best protection from injuries.
- Pre-made Mouthguards: Otherwise known as the over-the-counter mouthguards, they can be purchased in stores. Since they are not custom-fitted to your mouth, shifting may occur, leaving you with limited protection.
- Stock Mouthguards: While these may be the least expensive option, they do not offer you the highest level of protection. These mouthguards come ready to wear because they are pre-formed. Their bulkiness can make it difficult to breathe or speak.
- The “Boil-and-Bite” Mouthguard: These appliances can be purchased at a sporting-goods store. You boil the mouthguard to soften it and then it is shaped and fitted in the mouth by applying pressure with the fingers and tongue.
- Custom-made Mouthguards: Designed and fitted by a dentist, these mouthguards provide optimal comfort and protection because they are specifically molded to your teeth and bite. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth. Then the mouthguard is constructed over the model of that impression to produce the custom fit.
Here are some tips to ensure long term care of your mouthguard:
- Make sure that your mouthguard is clean by rinsing before and after use.
- You can even brush the mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Keep your mouthguard in a well-vented case to avoid the growth of bacteria.
- Keep the case of your mouthguard clean.
- Contact our office if your fit changes or your mouthguard becomes damaged.
At EJL Dental, your health and safety are important to us. Why not prevent mouth injuries before they happen? Enjoy your spring sports with the protection you need.
Our dentists can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right one to protect your smile. Before you hit the field, schedule an appointment for a custom fitting.