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Mouthguards are Your Secret Weapon in Sports ?

Love hitting the court, the field, or the track? Sports are a fantastic way to stay active and have fun. But with all that action comes the risk of injury, especially to your face and mouth. Anyone participating in contact sports or activities with a high risk of falls should wear a mouthguard. This includes sports like Football, Basketball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball & Softball, Gymnastics, Skateboarding, Martial Arts. 

Why Wear a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are like tiny helmets for your teeth and jaw. They absorb the impact of a blow, preventing serious injuries like:

  • Chipped or broken teeth: A mouthguard can take the brunt of a hit, saving your precious teeth from cracks or fractures.
  • Knocked-out teeth: The force of a blow can knock a tooth out completely. A mouthguard helps cushion the impact, reducing the risk of this happening.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Your mouth is full of soft tissues like your lips, tongue, and cheeks. A mouthguard acts as a barrier, protecting these tissues from cuts and bruises.
  • Jaw injuries: The force of an impact can cause jaw dislocations or fractures. Mouthguards help distribute the force, reducing the risk of these serious injuries.

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Choosing the Right Mouthguard

There are three main types of mouthguards available:

Stock mouthguards: These are pre-made mouthguards that come in various sizes. They’re readily available at sporting goods stores and pharmacies but might not offer the best fit.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards:
These are also pre-made but can be customised to your mouth by boiling them briefly and then biting down to mould them to your teeth. They offer a better fit than stock mouthguards.

Custom-fitted mouthguards: These are created by your dentist and provide the best possible fit and comfort. They’re typically more expensive but offer superior protection.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Finding the perfect fit is crucial when it comes to mouthguards, ensuring both comfort and protection. Look for these key factors: comfort, ensuring it doesn’t restrict breathing or speech; retention, ensuring it stays securely in place during activity; and speech, ensuring you can speak clearly while wearing it.

Caring for Your Mouthguard

  • Rinse your mouthguard with water before and after each use.
  • Clean your mouthguard regularly with mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can distort the shape of the mouthguard.
  • Store your mouthguard in a ventilated container when not in use to allow airflow and prevent bacterial growth.

  • Inspect your mouthguard regularly for signs of wear and tear, and replace it as needed to maintain proper protection other consult a doctor in any emergencies.