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Why do I need a mouthguard?
Each year, between 13-39% of all dental trauma injuries are related to or happen during playing sports. Different types of sports require different reinforcement in different areas of the sport guard mouthpiece. In other words, the design of the mouthguard can determine how well it will work for a specific purpose. They can be extremely beneficial for both children’s and adult’s teeth.
While there are some online or store-bought “Boil and Bite” types of generic mouthguards which offer convenience and a lower cost, they can in some cases provide very little of the desired effect to the teeth. Due to them either being too bulky, too soft, not providing proper breathing access, be compatible with braces, or last very long – a professionally designed and custom-fitted mouthguard as provided by Dr. Avi Israeli can protect your teeth and jaws correctly.
How does a mouthguard protect my teeth?
A properly designed mouthguard will be designed to meet the specific needs of that sport, but most importantly, to protect the teeth. For example, common mouth injuries from basketball include an elbow impacting the lower jaw or knocking the teeth loose. The impact from a fall off a horse could require a guard that can withstand the impact of the lower teeth forcefully pushing into the upper teeth.
The inside of the mouthguard, in addition to absorbing the blow, must have some recuperative forces and support to prevent pushing that force throughout the jaw.
What are the HEALTH BENEFITS OF A SPORTS MOUTHGUARD?
In some sports, such as boxing or more impact sports, wearing a mouthguard has been shown to give extra performance confidence, than when not wearing a mouthguard.
The majority of injuries that happen during high school and college can be prevented by wearing a proper-fitting appliance. It is estimated that as many of 200,000 injuries in which a student was wearing a protective appliance- no trauma to the mouth or teeth resulted in permanent damage. One third of all dental injuries in general are sports related.
A lost or fractured tooth can cost several thousands of dollars over a lifetime of root canals, crowns, bridges, implants and eventual dentures. Many of these could have been prevented wearing the proper gear. A properly fitted appliance that offers protection from a forceful blunt trauma can prevent concussion as well as dental injury.
WHO SHOULD BE WEARING A CUSTOM SPORTS MOUTHGUARD?
The following sports have been included in the list of sports the American Dental Association suggest could benefit from wearing custom guards. Acrobatics, basketball boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, mountain biking, racquetball, rollerblading, roller hockey, rugby, shot-putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weight lighting, and wrestling.
Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury in sporting activities. Of the different types of injuries in the facial area, a concussion can have some of the more serious repercussions as a long-term resultant from being knocked unconscious.
These types of appliances are different from those that you might need for snoring or grinding your teeth at night. They have different functions for your oral health and support the teeth in different manners.
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If you or a loved one is playing sports and you are worried about their teeth, please contact Dr. Avi Israeli at Sage Dental in Wall, NJ for the best protection option for your mouth.
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