mouthguardA mouthguard is a plastic application that is worn in physical and leisure activities to protect teeth from trauma. The dental profession universally supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports events.

Why should I wear a mouthguard?

A mouthguard can stop serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid conditions where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing cut and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. They may also reduce the harshness and incidence of concussions.

In what sports should I wear a mouthguard?

Anytime there is a chance of contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players who participate in basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, rugby and martial arts, as well as leisure sports such as skateboarding and bicycling, should wear mouthguards while competing.

Why don’t kids wear mouthguards?

Parents are sometimes unaware about the level of contact for obvious dental injuries involved with sports in which the child participates. Some, though not all, schools fortify the health advantage of mouthguards for their contact sports. Cost may be another concern, although mouthguards come in a variety of price ranges.

What are the different types of mouthguards?

Stock mouthguard:

The most cost-effective option is a ready-made, stock item, which suggestions the least protection because the fit adjustment is imperfect. It may interfere with speech and breathing because this mouthguard requires that the jaw be closed to hold it in place. A stock mouthguard is not considered acceptable as a facial protective device.

Mouth-formed mouthguard:

There are two types of mouth-formed mouthguards:

  • Shell-liner mouthguard: It is made with an acrylic material that is poured into an outer shell, where it forms a lining. When placed in an athlete’s mouth, the protector’s lining material molds to the teeth and is allowed to set.
  • Thermoplastic mouthguard: This mouthguard is softened in hot water and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth by using finger, tongue and sometimes biting pressure.

Custom-made mouthguard:

The best choice is a mouthguard custom-made by us at Marze Dental. It offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is made from a mold to form-fit your teeth.

How should I care for a mouthguard?

  • Clean your mouthguard by washing it with soft soap and cold water.
  • Before putting away, soak your mouthguard in mouthwash.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated, plastic box when not in use.
  • Heat is bad for a mouthguard, so don’t leave it in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t wear someone else’s mouthguard.
  • Call us if there are any problems.