Which sports are recommended to wear a mouthguard?
According to the recommendations of the American Dental Association, those who need to wear mouth guards to avoid injury during exercise include (competitive) gymnastics, basketball, cycling, boxing, equestrianism, extreme sports, track and field, football, gymnastics, handball, (ice) hockey, skating, Skating, skiing, bag stick, rugby, competitive martial arts, squash, parachuting, softball, volleyball, surfing, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling.
You may ask: “Weird, many of these exercises don’t slap your face, so why do you need a mouthguard?”
Except for sports that may directly hit the head, in fact, strictly speaking, it is recommended to wear mouthguards for sports that have a chance of falling, falling, accidental collision, and hard bite. Because the mouthguard can protect the teeth from hurting the meat in the mouth when they fall or collide.
This kind of situation is very painful and annoying just to think about. A smallmouth break can make people feel very uncomfortable because the scratches and bites caused by the teeth on the inner side of the mouth during sports impact will definitely make you several I can’t eat and sleep well all week. Other partial mouthguards can also reduce the chance of jaw bone fractures and temporomandibular joint injuries. For weightlifting and fitness activities that require instant force and teeth clenching, mouthguards can effectively prevent tooth wear and possible temporomandibular joint problems.
Most athletes are unwilling to wear mouthguards because they are unaccustomed, afraid of affecting breathing, affecting sports performance, etc., but in fact, these are easy to overcome, and most of them are because they choose inappropriate mouthguards. In fact, as long as there is a good, customized mouthguard, it will not affect breathing and heart rate.
There are two kinds of Sisi, but there are three kinds of mouthguards!
Over-the-Counter: standardized, unadjustable mouthguard, poor fit, but convenient and cheap.
Boil-and-Bite: As the name implies, using hot water to soak the mouthguard to soften it, and then bite it down to cool and set the shape, there will be better adhesion and protection.
Custom-Made: Usually a customized mouthguard made by a dentist, adjusted according to different needs, has the most powerful fit and protection, but of course it is also the most expensive.
The points to consider when choosing a mouthguard are:
- Type of sport: Not all sports require a mouthguard with full protection points. For example, basketball only needs the upper row. For boxing and karate, double-row mouthguards are better.
- The thickness of the mouthguard: The thickness of the mouthguard with protection is between 3~5mm. Although the thickness of the mouthguard is more than 6mm, although the protection is good, many people will feel uncomfortable.
- The length of the mouthguard: Too often it will irritate the throat and make you feel uncomfortable and want to vomit. If it is too short, the protection will be lower.
- Material: Multi-layer composite material and air chamber structure can provide better shock absorption capacity, but it depends on whether you need it.
- Price considerations: For sports with a lower impact risk, you can choose cheaper mouthguards, but it is recommended not to save too much money for sports with a high probability of hitting the face and head beating. No matter how expensive the mouthguard is, it will not be more expensive than the dental implant after a broken tooth. Expensive, it feels troublesome to wear, and it will not be more troublesome than eating liquid food for two months after a broken jaw.
Dental supply store from Dental Laboratorio mouthguard product reference:
- Sports Mouth Guard-Double Layer
- Sports Guard Dental-Double Color
- Child Mouth Guard