Sports mouth guards are a specific type of dental bite guard that is worn only while participating in sports practice or competitions. Your dentist will have a sports mouth guard custom-fitted to your mouth so that it fits over your teeth and gums. This prevents damage, injury, or trauma to your teeth, gums, and supporting tissues. Sports mouth guards have been found to be highly effective, however the most effective sports mouth guards are those that have been professionally fitted and fabricated. Although there are over the counter options, these do not offer the same benefits.
Did You Know?
According to the American Dental Association, the prevalence of dental trauma was only 7.5%-7.75% among mouth guard users as compared to 48.31%-59.98% among people who did not wear mouth guards. On average, people who wear mouth guards while playing sports are about 88% less likely to suffer from dental trauma.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a sports mouthguard?
You may need a sports mouth guard if you participate in certain sports. The American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouth guard for the following sports:
- Equestrian events
- Extreme sports
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Inline Skating
- Martial Arts
- Water Polo
In some cases, certain sports leagues may also require proper protective gear, including mouthguards, for participation. To determine if you need a sports mouth guard, schedule a consultation with your Lakewood Ranch dentist.
How will I be fit for a sports mouth guard?
Being fit for a sports mouth guard is a quick, painless, and non-invasive process. Your dentist will simply take a dental impression or oral scan of your mouth to obtain the information necessary to fabricate a custom bite guard. In as little as one minute your dentist will have all the information needed. The mouth guard will then be fabricated by a dental lab and returned to your dentist’s office within a few days.
How do I care for a sports mouth guard?
To care for your sports mouth guard, you will need to gently brush it with cold water and toothpaste after every use. Occasionally, you can also use mild soap. When your bite guard is not in use, you will need to store it in its protective case in a cool, dry location. If your bite guard is exposed to too much heat, it can cause the shape to warp.
Additionally, it is important to note that you will need to bring your bite guard with you to future dental exams and cleanings. This is because your dentist will need to evaluate the condition of your bite guard to make sure it is still effective. While bite guards are designed to last quite a while, they do occasionally need to be replaced. If your bite guard doesn’t feel like it fits or it becomes uncomfortable to wear, this could be an indication that it is time for a new bite guard.