Dental injuries are one of the most common sports related injuries. Sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children.
A properly fitted mouthguard can protect your teeth and smile. Mouthguards help cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face, or jaw.
Mouthguards are commonly used in contact sports, such as football, boxing, ice hockey, and field hockey. However, experts in sports dentistry recommend that a mouthguard be worn for any sport where there is a risk of being hit in the mouth or jaw region, including gymnastics and skating.
There are three types of mouthguards: the ready-made or stock mouthguard; the mouth-formed “boil-and bite” mouthguard; and custom mouthguards made by a dentist.
Choose a mouthguard that fits properly; is comfortable; does not restrict speech or breathing; is tear-resistant; and is easy to clean. Custom mouthguards are considered by many to be the most protective option because they are the most form-fitting.
Making a custom-fit mouthguard is relatively simple and involves a very short appointment time. Mouthguards can be ready within a few hours to a few days, depending on the dental office.