Why You Should Wear a Protective Mouth Guard

Sports season is already underway and kids are spending more and more time preparing for and playing in regular season games. Whether it’s baseball, football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, or any other sport, a mouth guard is an essential, yet many times a forgotten piece of an athlete’s uniform. A mouth guard is a wise investment for anyone deciding to sign up and play a particular sport, contact or non-contact. Research has shown that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing a mouth guard. Wearing one can help prevent broken teeth, cuts on the lips and tongue, and even jaw injuries.

If you’ve already started to research, you’ll find that there are a wide variety of mouth guard types. It’s important to consult with your child’s dentist in order to decide on which variety is the right fit for him or her. You’ll also need to consult with their coach — some sports will require a certain type of mouth guard in order to play.

Types of Mouth Guards

1. Stock Mouth Protectors: The least inexpensive variety you can buy, these will come ready to wear straight out of the packaging. Little can be done to adjust their fit and some people will experience bulkiness with difficulty breathing and talking. You’ll be able to purchase a stock mouth guard at your local sporting goods store. Most dentists don’t recommend their use.

2. Boil & Bite Mouth Guards: These will offer more comfort than that of the stock mouth protector and you can also find these at your local sporting goods store. Just like it sounds, you’ll place the mouth guard into hot water to soften and then form to the teeth. Although they are the most common mouth guards on the market, dentist’s still don’t recommend their use for everyone, as they don’t cover all posterior teeth in a majority of high school and collegiate athletes.

3. Custom Fit Mouth Guards: Individually designed and fit specifically to you, a custom mouth guard will provide the most comfort and protection. A dentist will make an impression of your teeth and will create a mouth guard formed out of a special,  poly (ethylene vinyl acetate-EVA) copolymer material. Although more expressive than the previous two varieties, the custom fit mouth guard fulfills all the criteria for adaptation, comfort and stability of material. Additionally, a custom mouth guard will interfere the least with speaking and has virtually no effect on breathing.

It’s easy to take some things for granted until they are suddenly gone.  To schedule an appointment for a custom mouth guard fitting or if you have any questions, please call us at (303) 399-0400. For more information, visit us at http://www.cherry-creekdentist.com/