The Importance of Mouthguards

The Importance of Mouthguards

Posted by Katerina Robinson on Jun 10 2023, 01:44 AM

The Importance of Mouthguards

A mouthguard is a protective device worn over the teeth and gums to help prevent dental injuries and protect the mouth during sports activities or teeth grinding (bruxism). At 406 DENTISTRY, it is typically made of soft, flexible material. It is designed to absorb and distribute impact forces during contact sports or due to teeth grinding. The primary function of a mouthguard is to provide a cushioning effect, reducing the risk of tooth fractures, dislocations, soft tissue injuries, and other oral injuries. Mouthguards come in different types, including stock, boil-and-bite, and custom-fitted, with varying levels of fit, comfort, and protection. They are an essential accessory for individuals involved in sports activities or those who grind their teeth. They offer a layer of defense to help preserve dental health and minimize the risk of oral injuries. 

Types of Mouthguards 

Stock Mouthguards 

These are pre-made, ready-to-wear mouthguards that can be purchased at stores. They come in standard sizes and offer a basic level of protection. However, they may not provide the best fit or comfort and interfere with speech and breathing. 

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards 

These mouthguards are made from thermoplastic materials that can be softened in boiling water and then molded to fit the shape of the individual's teeth and gums. They are available in various sizes and can provide a better fit and improved protection compared to stock mouthguards. 

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards 

A dentist or dental laboratory professionally makes these mouthguards. They are individually tailored to fit the unique contours of the wearer's teeth and gums. Custom-fitted mouthguards offer the best fit, comfort, and protection, as they are specifically designed for the individual's mouth. They are typically more expensive than stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards. 

The Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard

Protection Against Dental Injuries

Mouthguards help cushion the teeth, gums, and jaw, reducing the risk of tooth fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries. They can also protect against lip and cheek injuries. 

Prevention of Concussions and Jaw Injuries

Mouthguards can absorb and distribute the impact forces during sports activities, reducing the risk of concussions and jaw fractures. 

Protection Against Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Mouthguards can provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, helping to minimize the damaging effects of teeth grinding or clenching during sleep. 

Comfort and Improved Performance

Well-fitted mouthguards are comfortable to wear and do not interfere with breathing or speaking. They allow athletes to focus on their performance without worrying about potential dental injuries. 

To ensure the effectiveness of a mouthguard, it is essential to choose the appropriate type and have it properly fitted. Custom-fitted mouthguards, although more expensive, offer the best protection and comfort. For more information, visit 406 DENTISTRY at 1315 U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT 59901, or call (406) 890-6364.

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