What are mouth guards?
They are frequently utilized to shield the teeth when playing sports or safeguard them from teeth grinding.
The Three Classifications of Mouth Guards
- Custom-fitted mouth guard: This is individually created and especially designed in a professional laboratory or dental office according to your dentist’s directions. Initially, the dentist will check your teeth and then a mouth protector will be molded over the model with the help of a special substance. Because of the extra worked involved, extra time required and usage of special material, this customized mouth protector is more high-priced as compared to other types; however, this offers ultimate protection as well as comfort.
- Boil and bite mouth guards: This type of mouth protector can be purchased at several sporting goods shops and may also provide a more excellent fit as compared to stock mouth guards. This type of mouth protector is especially manufactured using thermoplastic material. It is usually put in hot water in order to soften and afterwards it is placed in the mouth and then molded around the teeth utilizing tongue and finger pressure.
- Stock mouth guards: This type of mouth protector is pre-formed and is ready for use. It can be bought in a much cheaper cost and can be found at many department stores and sporting goods shop. But, the drawback of this is that it is not that easy to adjust for accurate fitting since it is heavy and makes talking and breathing slightly tougher. Likewise, it only provides little or at times no protection at all. Most dentists do not recommend this type of mouth guard.
Typically, mouth protectors only cover a person’s upper teeth; however, in some cases (in particular when a person wears fixed dental appliance on his/her lower jaw or he/she wear braces), the dentists will also design a mouth protector which is specifically intended for the lower teeth. The dentist is the right person who can recommend the most appropriate mouth protector for your needs.
An efficient mouth protector must have the capability to resist tears, provide much needed comfort, easier to clean, sturdy and most importantly it must not hamper your speech or breathing. On the other hand, if your teeth grind at night, your dentist will advise you to consider a special mouth protector-type of dental appliance known as bite splint or nocturnal bite plate. This is primarily created to avoid tooth damage.
When is a mouth guard necessary and who must wear it?
Mouth protectors must be utilized by both adults and kids particularly if they play contact sports like ice hockey, soccer, field hockey, football, lacrosse and boxing. Even people who participate in non-contact sports like gymnastics or any recreational activity such as mountain biking and skateboarding which may pose danger or injury to the mouth are also required to wear a mouth guard.
The perk of using a mouth protector during sports is that it can avert the hazard of mouth-related injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth, tongue and lips. This also considerably shuns nerve damage to teeth, broken or chipped teeth and tooth loss.
Exercise and outdoors activities are important, but it’s also necessary to take the precautions to protect your mouth from accidental or external harm. It doesn’t hurt to be careful.