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What is a Sports Guard?

Sport Guards, also known as Mouthguards, are worn over the top row of teeth during sports to help prevent injury and protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to the mouth.

If you have braces or fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on the lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth guard for these teeth as well.

Mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact, or flying equipment. This advice is true for team sports such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey or basically any physical activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.

What Are The Different Types of Mouthguards?

  • Custom-made mouthguards
These are designed and made specifically for your athlete. They are produced in the dentist’s office or a professional dental laboratory. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Since they are custom fit, they provide the most comfort and best protection. Since they are one-of-a-kind, they are the most expensive.
  • Boil and bite mouthguards
These come in a pre-formed shape that can be altered. You boil the mouthguard in water, then the athlete bites into the warm plastic for a customized fit. Follow the directions carefully for the best results. You can purchase boil and bite mouth guards in sporting goods stores. These provide a better fit than stock mouth protectors.
  • Stock mouthguards
These are pre-formed and ready to wear. They often don’t fit very well, can be bulky, and may make breathing and talking difficult. Stock mouthguards are the least expensive option.

How Often Should Mouthguards Be Replaced?

Ideally, it would be best if you replaced your mouthguard after each season because they can wear down over time, making them less effective. If you have a multiple-sport athlete, they will need a new mouthguard for each sport season. Adolescents’ mouths continue to grow; frequent replacement is required. It is advised that all appliances be checked by a dentist every 3-6 months

Mouthguards are an essential piece of equipment for your athlete, especially if they compete in a contact sport. Finding the right mouthguard is just as important as having one – after all, you want it to do an excellent job at doing its job, protecting teeth.

Need a Sports Guard? Call Mount Pleasant Dental Group at 604-559-9955 to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs for the appliance and have a custom guard made just for you!

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