Posted on 11/6/2018 by Crossroads Family Dentistry
Proper mouthguards are designed to absorb and distribute the forces of impact received while participating in athletic activities. An athlete should consider a custom-made mouthguard to be part of their equipment and protect their mouth from damage although, there are various kinds of mouthguards available from various sources.
Off-the-shelf mouthguards can be found in most sport retailer stores, these inexpensive guards come in different sizes, and are generally worn by clenching the guard between the teeth. These types of guards are generically formed and may not fit your teeth and mouth very well which can result in a bulky fit and can make it difficult to breathe and talk while wearing them. The quality and comfort are not the best but wearing any kind of mouthguard are recommended rather than no protection at all.
Boil and bite guards are a type of mouthguard that is meant to be softened by heat and then molded to better suit your mouth. It is a better choice than an off-the-shelf guard, but there are some concerns with the effectiveness and how much coverage these guards provide.
A custom-fabricated mouthguard is a custom fit guard to each individual. A mold of the teeth is prepared, and then a piece of protective gear is individually fabricated for a perfect fit. It is comfortable, strong, and lightweight. Most athletes prefer a custom fit mouthguard mostly because of the comfort level in comparison to the other options.
It is important to find the right guard that you will use regularly and does not inhibit your breathing during activity. Check to make sure that the guard fits comfortably and covers the teeth and gums while remaining securely in place during activity. When making a decision to invest in a custom-made mouthguard, keep in mind that they are an indispensable part of your equipment. Guards could save the inconvenience of the potential and higher cost of restoring or replacing teeth. If your children are active in sports, consider having a custom mouthguard made by your dentist in Colorado Springs. It's the best way to prevent a dental injury from interrupting the sports season.
It is important to give guards some care to make sure it keeps protecting the teeth. Mouthguards spend a lot of time in your mouth becoming an area that can store a lot of germs. Proper care can consist of brushing with toothpaste, soaking in denture cleaning solution, mouthwash soaking, and storing in a ventilated container.