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
- Boil and bite mouthguards
- Stock mouthguards
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!