Unfortunately, most sports do not require mouthguards for safe play. Yet, so much pain and suffering would be alleviated if more did. Everyone should agree that protecting the teeth and keeping them where they belong, in the mouth, is the happiest outcome.
The most common injuries that happen to those who don’t wear mouthguards are broken teeth, cuts to the mouth, biting of the tongue, and injury to the jaw. Research tells us that the athletes not wearing mouthguards are the ones who suffer these injuries. Of all the different sports, almost half of all mouth injuries occur to players of basketball and baseball.
Types of Mouthguard
Typical mouthguards are made of soft, pliable plastic shaped to fit into the mouth. Generally, there are three types.
-Stock mouthguards that are ready-made to go into the mouth. These can be found online or at sports stores and are not fitted to the individual’s mouth. This means they may not fit snugly.
-Boil and bite mouthguards are more customizable. They are more comfortable and fit better than the stock kind because you soften them up by boiling them in water. Once cool enough to put in your mouth, biting down will mold them into the shape of your individual mouth.
-Custom mouthguards can be form fitted by your dentist. This is the Cadillac of mouthguards, and as such, this kind is very expensive and offer the best and most comfortable fit.
Comfort is the most important consideration when choosing a mouthguard. If you are interested in mouthguards, call Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer for more information. Please contact Borgmeyer Dental to make an appointment at: 314-351-6554, or come by our office in St Louis, Missouri.