If you love to play sports or have a young athlete in the family, a well-fitting mouthguard is a must. Unfortunately, dentists in Oshawa see many dental injuries that are sustained while playing contact and some non-contact sports, and which could have been avoided or at least minimized had a mouthguard been worn.
While bringing up children and teens is not a cheap process, when it comes to sports mouthguards you do get what you pay for. You can buy sports mouthguards over-the-counter for just a few dollars but bear in mind that sports medicine experts estimate that as many as 80% of sports mouthguards currently worn are ineffective at best, and at worst could be more harmful than not wearing any type of mouthguard. This certainly doesn’t mean sports mouthguards aren’t worthwhile, and especially when you factor in the potential cost of oral trauma over a lifetime.
Restorative dentistry in Whitby can repair or even replace teeth damaged or knocked out by trauma, but the costs don’t stop there. These restorative treatments will almost certainly need to be redone several times and the lifetime costs can add up fast. When you compare this with the relatively low price of a well-fitting mouthguard, the choice is clear.
What Are the Different Types of Sports Mouthguards?
The cheapest type of mouthguard is a stock mouthguard that you can buy over-the-counter in many sporting goods stores. A stock mouthguard looks a bit like an impression tray and will not fit the dental arch at all. The problem with stock mouthguards is that they will not redistribute the forces of a blow evenly and may be more harmful than not wearing a mouthguard at all.
The next step up is what’s called a boil and bite mouthguard, where the mouthguard is first warmed in water and adapted to fit over the upper teeth. These mouthguards are a little better than stock mouthguards but do not provide substantial protection. They are easily chewed through and are often loose and uncomfortable, and too thin to offer enough protection.
Custom-made mouthguards supplied by your dentist in Ajax offer the best level of protection. There are several types available as they can be made using a variety of different techniques and from various materials.
How We Can Help Protect Your Family’s Teeth
Here at Margolian Dentistry, our dentist can easily provide a fully customized mouthguard offering maximum protection for your chosen sport. These mouthguards are thickened in critical areas and ensure that the force of any blow to the mouth is evenly distributed over the soft tissues and teeth.
The Benefits of Choosing a Custom-Made Mouthguard
There are several benefits in choosing a custom mouthguard, not least because it will be comfortable to wear, so it is far more likely to be used. We will make sure it doesn’t hinder your breathing, and that it stays firmly in place while you enjoy your sports. Also, our mouthguards are made from a neutral tasting material that is tough and durable. We do check the fit of all custom mouthguards regularly, and if the mouthguard is for a child, it may need to be replaced as their teeth and jaws grow and develop. To ensure your custom mouthguard lasts longer, wash it thoroughly after each use and store in the container provided. Make sure you keep it away from any direct heat source that could distort it.
If the worst does happen and you damage your teeth or gums while playing sports, contact our dental office immediately because we can help you. Our team will offer useful advice over the phone, and of course, we will get you booked in to see a dentist as soon as possible.