Sportsguards can prevent dental injuries that arise during sports. A majority of the head and mouth injuries sustained during contact and non-contact sports are preventable if you wear a sportsguard. Our team at The OC Smiles Family Dental makes customized mouth protectors to wear in the mouth while playing games and sports. Sportsguards can prevent and reduce the severity of injuries. If you plan to compete in sports or take them for leisure, you should consider getting a sportsguard.
Who Should Wear a Sportsguard?
Anyone taking part in sporting activities where collision with other athletes or contact to the face is likely to occur needs to put on a sportsguard. Contact sports such as boxing, hockey, martial arts, and rugby require the participants to wear sportsguards. Similarly, non-contact sports such as netball, skating, cricket, and basketball require an athlete to wear a mouth protector.
Why Wear a Sportsguard?
Since contact and non-contact sports can lead to dental injuries, sportsguards serve to provide protection against the injuries. Sportsguards protect the jaw, teeth, and gums. They prevent damages and injuries such as fractured, cracked, dislodged, chipped, or knocked-out teeth. Also, sportsguards can prevent breakage or fracture to the jaw. Additionally, these mouthpieces can prevent damage and cuts to the lips and tongue. They protect the soft tissues in the mouth.
Dental trauma could contribute to long-term treatments and expenses. You could avoid such expenses by wearing sportsguards so that you prevent injuries and minimize their severity.
Types of Sportsguards
You can choose from stock, custom-fitted, and boil-and-bite sports mouthguards. Of these mouthguards, we advise you to go with the custom-fitted ones. They provide better protection than the others and are more comfortable.
Custom-Made vs. Store-Bought Sportsguards
We custom-make a sportsguard by recording an impression as well as a plaster model of your dentition. The sportsguard is created to specially fit the contours of the mouth to ensure protection and comfort. Making a custom-fitted sportsguard balances your bite correctly. Because of the precise fit of custom-designed sportsguards, they allow you to talk normally and they do not restrict breathing. The piece stays firm in place and feels comfortable to wear. These are features you do not find with over-the-counter vs. The store-bought sportsguards are not made to fit your mouth specifically. They are a one-size-fits-all solution to dental injury protection.
Caring for Your Sportsguard
Make sure you clean your mouth protector when you remove it from the mouth and before wearing it. Use a toothbrush along with toothpaste to clean the piece. Doing so helps eradicate bacteria and makes the oral appliance feel fresh and clean. Also, rinse the appliance with soapy cold or lukewarm water to remove debris. Store the piece safely in a container when not using it. Make sure you check for damages within the piece so that you can have it replaced before the sports season or when it is damaged.
Protect your mouth from injuries and reduce the severity of the injuries by wearing sportsguards during sports. To get your custom-fitted sportsguard, reach out to our team at The OC Smiles Family Dental. Contact us at (971) 447-0093 to request an appointment.
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