Athletes need to wear an appliance called athletic mouthguard or sports guard. As they go to play sports, whether it’s recreational or professionally for competition, they have to be armed to the teeth, literally. Athletic mouthguards help to keep the teeth protected after a trauma to the face. It also provides a cushioning so that it minimizes a force of a punch, accident or injuries to the jaw, lips, teeth, cheek, gums and tongue and reduces the chances of laceration or bruising of the tissues or a tooth being knocked out. Because of this, mouth guard should become a part of your sports gear. Especially, if you are dealing with contact sports such as boxing, basketball, soccer, wrestling, field hockey, ice hockey, football, karate, racquetball, skateboarding and rugby, you are 60% prone to mouth injury. Using a mouthguard can significantly lower this rate. An athletic mouthguard should fit correctly to your teeth (best if customized), so that it will stay in place and it won’t fall out or interfere with your breathing.
Talk to your dentist about mouthguards. They are the best person to consult with. Remember to take in your athletic mouthguard to your dental visits so that your dentist can check for any wear and tear and to check the fit to make sure it’s not loose.
By: Ladan Zinati