There are plenty of sports and activities that would be much safer with mouthguards. Not surprisingly, studies show that mouth injuries happen most often when athletes are without a mouthguard. Typical injuries to those without a mouthguard are cuts to the mouth and tongue, broken teeth, and jaw damage.
Although wearing a mouthguard for sports like football is practically mandatory these days, it is less common to see athletes in other sportswear them. Yet, nearly 1/2 of all mouth injuries in sports occur in basketball and baseball.
Types of Mouthguard
Typical mouthguards are made of soft, pliable plastic shaped to fit into the mouth. Generally, there are three types.
-Stock mouthguards that are ready-made to go into the mouth. These can be found online or at sports stores and are not fitted to the individual’s mouth. This means they may not fit snugly.
-Boil and bite mouthguards are more customizable. They are more comfortable and fit better than the stock kind because you soften them up by boiling them in water. Once cool enough to put in your mouth, biting down will mold them into the shape of your individual mouth.
-Custom mouthguards made by your dentist are the rolls royce of mouthguards. They are the most costly but offer the best fit.
Comfort is the most important consideration when choosing a mouthguard. If you are interested in mouthguards, call Dr. David O'Donnell for more information. Please contact ODonnell Family Dentistry to make an appointment at: 859-269-4613, or come by our office in Lexington, Kentucky.