As the weather warms we try to get outside and stay active as much as possible. And, it’s safe to say that most Canadian children are active in some kind of organized or casual sport throughout the summer months. Most sports teams recommend or require mouthguards to be used by athletes, but even in the cases where they are not required we still recommend them to be worn at all times – especially during high impact sports.
So what is the importance of sports mouthguard even for casual sports activities?
Mouthguards are thick plastic protective devices shaped like a dental tray, which form to the shape of the teeth, gums, and mouth.The mouthguard creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent them from crashing together during impact, as well as protecting the teeth from being hit by something outside of the mouth.
Benefits of using a mouthguard
-Mouthguards allow athletes to breathe during competition
-Lessen the risk of concussions following an impact around the mouth
-Beneficial for athletes undergoing orthodontic treatment
-Lessen the risk of jaw fractures by absorbing the energy of a hit
-Can be used for more than a year with proper care
How can your dentist best assist you?
Custom-fit mouthguards (professionally made in a dental office)
This is the only kind of mouthguard that dentists recommend using. New custom-fitted mouthguards are the best option for optimal comfort, protection, and durability. These mouthguards are professionally fitted to each individual mouth by a dentist.
First, your dentist will make a detailed mould of your teeth and then send the mould to a laboratory which specializes in creating dental wear. There, the mouthguard is constructed out of material specified by your dentist, in order to best suit your needs.
There are numerous factors to consider when purchasing a mouthguard for your child, such as the level of impact involved in the sport your child plays, the expense, comfort and protection levels, and what material will work best for them. Also, take into consideration their age, as your child may grow quickly and require a replacement within a year or two.
Talk to your dentist
It is always best to have a conversation with your dentist about your options as they can provide advice tailored to you and your specific needs.