Individuals who play contact sports are recommended to wear mouthguards to protect their teeth and oral tissues. The American Dental Association estimates that up to 20% of sports injuries are in the maxillofacial area, impacting the teeth, jaw and soft oral tissues. Sports mouthguards can greatly reduce the risk of injuries to the teeth and mouth while playing football, soccer, hockey and other sports. At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we offer a premium option in sports mouthguards for better protection for our athletic patients.
What Is a Sports Mouthguard?
There are multiple types of mouthguards to protect the teeth, most using a plastic device that fits over the top teeth. Dental nightguards are used to wear at night to help with snoring, sleep apnea, bruxism and TMJ disorders. Sports mouthguards are a heavier plastic that provide shock absorption and protection for the teeth, tongue and oral tissues. In sports mouthguards, there are generally three options available:
- Premade, generic mouthguards
- Boil and bite mouthguards
- Customized sports mouthguards
The premade and boil/bite mouthguards offer some protection for the teeth and oral tissues, but they are bulky and can be uncomfortable. If a mouthguard is not comfortable, it is more likely that athletes will not keep them in their mouths as needed to protect their teeth. A customized sports mouthguard is designed by a dentist and made to fit the patient’s mouth. They are more comfortable and offer better protection due to their customized fit.
It is estimated that contact sport athletes are 60 times more likely to have an oral injury when they are not wearing a mouthguard. This can include chipped, cracked, broken or dislodged teeth, as well as tongue and soft tissue injuries. It is worth the investment to buy a custom sports mouthguard that will provide the best protection and comfort for the athlete in your family.
At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we can customize an effective sports mouthguard for you or your child to minimize risk of maxillofacial and oral injuries. We welcome patients from all around Spokane Valley, including Post Falls, ID. Contact our office today to book your appointment.