Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports. So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth. A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.
The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck. Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations. Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.
When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection, your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office. A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries.