In one sentence, wearing mouthguard helps prevent broken teeth, tooth loss, mouth tissue injury, internal tooth damage and jaw joint fracture.
What is a mouth guard?
Aw pretty lame question, right? Everyone knows that mouth guard (or mouthguard) is an equipment – a plastic shield held in the mouth by an athlete to protect the teeth and gums. It provides protection for the hard and soft tissues of the mouth by way of absorbing and redistributing the forces created by traumatic blows.
What kind of athlete who uses mouth guard?
According to the American Dental Association, weightlifting, wrestling, acrobats, gymnatics, boxing, martial arts, shot putting, skydiving, surfing, skiing, skateboarding, field hockey, football, basketball, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, soccer, squash, volleyball and water polo are sports whose athletes highly need to use mouth guard since they provide with the highest rate of contact, collision and violent slam.
What does it do?
A mouth guard can practically protect you from dental injuries.
There are a variety of injuries following by practicing sports, such as football, soccer and boxing , so athletes of all age have the same risk suffering from dental injuries. However, they are easy to prevent though. Take a look at all kinds of protection a mouth guard can give, you may want to have one of your own.
- Protection for teeth and dental work: This kind of protection reduces the amount of force a tooth is probably exposed to, so that lessen the possible chipping or breaking. In another situation, the equipment helps to cushion the impact of the reaction (in which the collision are so hard that both of the jaws were slamming together mercilessly) so that reduces the damage.
- Jawbone protection: In sports, collision happens all the time. If you don’t want to have some jawbone fracture, never forget to wear a mouth guard, because it is designed to minimize the strength’s force hit at some parts of your jawbones, also to protect the underchin zone.
- Soft tissue protection: Human’s mouth is built up by two main types of tissues, the soft and the hard. Soft tissues, comprised of lips, cheeks, gum and tongue, often get cut by our teeth in the middle of sport activities. Here, a mouth guard works as a buffer between the two, protecting feasibly wounded parts by covering the sharp surface of the teeth.
- Braces: Dual-arch mouthpiece is designed especially for athletes wearing dental braces, giving full protection for their cheeks and lips.
- Partial dentures: User can replace his partial denture by a customized mouth guard which fills up missing tooth already. These designs are called boil-and-bite mouthguard.
- Protection from concussion: some studies show that with the help of mouthpieces, people avoids a traumatic concussion, or even if they didn’t, the state would not be serious at all. However, the idea is still in discussion.
If you consider buying one…
Mouthguards have a variety of prices, but they ending up serving only one purpose: protect your mouth. Remember to choose something fit, comfortable, easily to clean and not making speaking or breathing uncomfortable. I suggest you come to the doctor so that he can make you a high quality mouthpiece that meets all your need as well as durable (it could be a little more expensive than what you casually pick up online but I believe it is worth your selection). Also, don’t forget that it is supposed to be suitable for your training sport. Now, go and make decision on your own.