Games and Mouth Guards

Did you know that the most injured area of the body in contact sports is the mouth?

Dental and facial injuries are painful and sometimes permanent. Therefore, any athlete, from Professional players to kids playing Cricket or other contact sports, should wear safety gears like mouthguard, helmet/headgear.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is an appliance worn in the mouth which helps prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and jaws. It should be worn in addition to protective headgear which also protects against injuries to the head and neck.

Choosing a mouthguard:

There are three types of mouthguards that you may choose from.

  • Stock or ready-made mouthguards: These are the least expensive type and can be bought at most sports store. They are also the least satisfactory. Although they come in many different shapes and sizes, little can be done to adjust the stock mouthguard to fit your mouth. Many athletes complain that they are too bulky, loose, uncomfortable, and often interfere with breathing and speaking.
  • Mouth-formed / self-adapted mouth guards: These are relatively inexpensive and are available in sports stores. They are molded to fit each individual mouth by boiling the mouthpiece in water and then biting into the warm plastic. They can be refitted if not properly made on the first try. This type of mouth guard can also feel bulky and can cause difficulty with breathing and speaking.
  • Custom - made mouth guards: This is the most highly recommended type of mouth guard. It is made at the dental clinic where it is individually designed and constructed by a dental professional. It is a bit expensive that the other types but it has an exceptionally good fit. It is comfortable and does not interfere with speech or breathing.

What to look for in a mouth guard:

  • Provide maximum protection from a traumatic force
  • Remain in place during sports activity (a well-fitted mouth guard will provide this, but if the mouth guard does not fit properly, it may be too loose and be knocked out easily)
  • Not interfere with breathing or speech
  • Be comfortable to wear
  • Be easy to clean

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