Spring is officially here, though with the nor’easter in the area, it’s hard to imagine budding trees and blossoming flowers. Still, when the snow and ice clear, we’ll dig ourselves out and be ready for warmer temperatures. So what does springtime mean for you? At our Colonia dentist office, spring means an upswing in dental injuries due to spring sports. To others, spring brings to mind outdoor activities, spring cleaning, and a hint at the summer to come. If you or your child will be participating in sports this spring, it may be of interest to get fitted for a mouthguard.
Not all sports require mouthguards. We tend to see football and basketball players wearing them during the fall and winter, but in the spring, mouthguards don’t seem to be as abundant. If you play lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, or any type of contact sport, our Colonia dentist recommends wearing a mouthguard.
Types of Mouthguards
In general, there are three different mouthguards available to protect your mouth and teeth:
- Stock, or pre-made, mouthguards
- Boil and bite mouthguards
- Custom-fit mouthguards
Pre-made mouthguards are generic and are not molded to your mouth. The come in a variety of sizes but lack the extra protection you get from a boil and bite or custom made mouthguard. The boil and bite method lets you mold the plastic to your teeth for added protection. The benefit of these protectors is that they are easily molded to your mouth and teeth in just a few minutes. For young children who are still growing, this inexpensive solution is easy to replace as their teeth change.
For teenagers, young adults, and older generations, a custom made mouthguard is ideal. Working with our Colonia dentist and staff, we can create a mouthguard that perfectly fits your teeth. The material we use is stronger than store-bought dental guards and gives users the best protection against dental injuries.
Studies over the years have shown that athletes experience fewer injuries to their teeth and mouth when wearing mouthguards. The protection they give your player reduces broken and chipped teeth and prevents clenched jaws that may damage bone and cause bite issues down the road.
Mouthguards for Everyone
Mouthguards benefit not only contact sport athletes, but all athletes. If you clench your jaw when you perform any activity, a mouthguard protects your teeth from grinding together and relieves the pressure you are putting on your facial joints.
Taking that a step further, if you feel tightness or an ache in your jaw after sleeping, you may grind your teeth in your sleep. A mouthguard can eliminate teeth grinding and keep your teeth from becoming worn and damaged. Talk with our Colonia dentist at your next dental exam if you have any questions or concerns with how a mouthguard may help you.
This spring, when you shop for the sports gear you need, add a mouthguard to your cart or give us a call to schedule an appointment for a customized mouthguard. Consider it a required part of your uniform and protect your teeth. You can also visit our Facebook page for more information regarding our services.