As the family gets the outdoor equipment together with this weather finally turning around, please do not forget your mouthguard! Whether you are the activity weekend warrior or in school sports, it is important to remember to protect your mouth.
A properly fitted mouthguard is an appliance that can save your smile. It is useful to prevent dental injury in many sports, including football, basketball, boxing, lacrosse, hockey, and also sports like tennis, gymnastics, baseball, or skateboarding. Mouthguards help to cushion shocks to the teeth that could otherwise result in injuries – think of it as insurance for those pearly whites!
There are several types of mouthguards available, including ready-made stock guards, boil-and-bite guards, and custom-made mouthguards. Stock guards can be purchased in sporting goods stores, but drawbacks include limited sizing options and decreased overall protection. Boil-and-bite guards offers some personalized fit in that the guard is softened in boiling water and then shaped to the teeth as one bites into it during cooling. Alternatively, we can create a custom mouthguard that conforms to your mouth, offering a better fit and more closely adapted protection.
Characteristics of a successful occlusal orthotic, or mouthguard, include the ability to wear it without speech or breathing restriction, comfort, and long-term joint stabilization. It is never too early to begin the practice of wearing a mouthguard. As soon as you look into sports for yourself or your loved ones, Thakkar Dental’s team is here for your oral health safety needs!
—Dr. Nipa Thakkar