1. Stock – Least expensive – Readily available in most sporting goods stores – Often bulky and uncomfortable – May interfere with breathing and speech – Must be held in position by
clenching the teeth together – May not stay in place in mouth
2. Boil and Bite – Slightly better fit – Readily available in most sporting goods stores – May not stay in place in mouth – May interfere with speech
3. Custom-made – Best fitting – Most protective – Stays in place in mouth – More expensive – Requires visit to dental clinic – Vacuum formed using a cast of the mouth
1. Reduce the chance of teeth being knocked out, chipped or fractured.
2. Protect the lips, cheeks, and tongue from being cut or bruised by the teeth.
3. Protect against jaw fractures by absorbing energy from traumatic blows to the chin,
preventing upward & backward movement of the lower jaw.
4. May protect against brain concussions by cushioning shock from a blow to the jaw and preventing transmission of the shock through the TMJ to the skull
Play hard but play smart!
Protect yourself and your children with a mouthguard.
1. Prevent injury in sports – Mouthguards do not only protect teeth they also prevent or reduce harm of concussion and protect the upper and lower jaw bones.
The American Dental Association recommended the use of mouthguards in all contact sports in 1960 and in 1973 the NCAA required the use of mouthguards for football. Today the ADA recommends using mouth guards for 29 sports including boxing, football, rugby, ice hockey, basketball, handball, bandy, baseball, bicycling, gymnastics, water polo, wrestling, surfing, skiing, weightlifting, skydiving, squash, softball, shot putting, equestrian, and skateboarding.
2. Mouthguards may be used as splints to decrease the strain on the muscles used in chewing and reduce the strain in temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
3. To prevent wear from tooth grinding or bruxism
4. To deliver topical medications – to treat some gingival diseases, dental decay and for teeth whitening
5. To help control habits such as cheek biting.
6. For orthodontics – Invisalign is a series of mouthguards that will position teeth over time.
Any child involved in a recreational activity, such as soccer, hockey, football, roller blading, riding a scooter and even bicycling should wear a mouth protector.
Mouth Guards can protect your child from:
There are “stock” mouth protectors available in stores and a better-fitting variety, which are custom fitted by your dentist. Ask your dentist about using a mouth protector.