Sport’s Mouth Guards | Children’s Dental Healthcare Burlington

Sport’s Mouth Guards | Burlington

If you are an avid sport’s player than wearing a mouth guard while playing any sport will help to minimize the chance of injuries. Sport’s mouth-guards in particular help to reduce the risk of injuries to the jaw, teeth, gums and face in general. Dental injuries can be painful and expensive to treat when they occur during a game. Injuries can include cuts to the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue as well as chipped or broken teeth, knocked out teeth or broken jaw.

In order to prevent any of the above injuries from occurring while playing organized or recreational sports it is highly recommended that participants wear a mouth guard. There are 3 types of sport mouth- guards that can reduce injuries to the mouth. They are as follows:

1: Custom- filled mouth guards: these mouth guards are created from an impression of a person’s teeth and gums. Custom filled mouth guards provide the best protection to teeth due to their close fit, comfort and shock absorption effect. Well fitted mouth guards are comfortable and will not interfere with breathing or swallowing. These mouth guards are made by dental professionals at the clients request.

2. Boil and bite mouth guards: Boil and bite mouth guard materials are softened in boiling water and are then fitted directly onto the upper teeth.

3. Stock or ready to wear mouth guards: There sporting mouth guards can be bought at any sporting good stores and come premade in a package. This type of mouth guard is the least expensive as they only come in small-large sizes and are not fitted specifically for the person wearing it. As a result it is also the least protective and will need to be replaced every couple of weeks due to the deterioration of the material as it is worn.

At all times mouth guards should be comfortable but fit tightly in the mouth, should not hinder breathing or swallowing, have the correct thickness to provide protection against impact and should be tasteless and odorless. Along with these attributes there are steps to take in the maintenance and care for a sports mouth guard in order to get the most out of the guard. Anyone in possession of a sport’s mouth guard should clean the guard after each game with mild soap or mouthwash with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove bacteria and plaque. They should also rinse it under cold water after cleaning and leave out in the open to air-dry. Storing the mouth guard in a plastic container while at home will keep it protected from dirt and dust. Owner’s of mouth guards should not chew on or alter the mouth guard as it will affect the fit and it will be less protective. Last but not least if the mouth guard has been made specifically for a client they should bring said mouth guard to their dentist for assessment at each dental appointment to check that it is still the appropriate fit for the clients mouth.

Sport mouth-guards should be apart of every participants standard sporting equipment starting from an early age!