Sports activities are at best very vigorous. People taking part in sports activities are at a risk of having accidents that may make them lose one or two of their teeth. This is because in all sports, the body is in motion and controlling it when things get out of balance is not as easy. The face is usually on the receiving end and more so the teeth as they are easily knocked out. There is need to protect the teeth from such damage. One way that is recommended is the use of the mouth guard.
This piece of equipment may seem only necessary for those in contact sports such as rugby. However, it is vital for all sports people to use it to protect the teeth from being knocked out. This protective gear is worn over teeth and also protects the teeth from grinding. The basics to look out for when choosing a mouth guard are:
- It should fit properly to help anchor the teeth.
- It should be comfortable.
- It should be able to last long therefore it should be able to withstand constant use.
- It should be easy to clean.
- Its design should allow easy breathing and talking.
A dentist should recommend a good mouth guard for you when you are looking for one. Basically, they can be classified into three types:
- Readymade or stock mouth protectors.
This can be found in many sports stores and departments and they are usually not expensive. The downside to this type of mouth guards is that they are not easy to adjust to fit the user. They are also bulky, impede breathing and speech and they do not provide the best protection.
- Boil and bite mouth guards
These are also available from sports stores and departments. They are made from a thermoplastic material. A user immerses the mouth guard in hot water to soften it and then using his fingers and tongue to shape it to the size and fit of his mouth.
- Custom mouth guards
These are custom made at the dental clinic or professional laboratory. They are the best type as they are made to the specification of the users therefore offer the best protection. The material used is specially designed for mouth guards. This type of mouth protectors are great because they are comfortable and are assured to provide the needed protection.