Dental injuries are the most common type of oral facial injury sustained in sports.Every person regardless of age, playing sports that involve contact or the possibility of falling should wear a mouthguard.
A mouthguard, usually a flexible piece of plastic that fits into the mouth ,usually to the upper teeth and should be worn during all recreational and athletic activities to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury – especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment, or the ground – or even to prevent the teeth being damaged against each other. In particular, mouthguards should be worn during the following sports:
- field hockey
- ice hockey
- martial arts
Many recreational activities such as skateboarding and bicycling also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Exercise caution during these activities.
You may be familiar with the type of mouthguard that is formed by boiling and biting but you may not know that by using “boil and bites” you’re only getting little or no real protection. That’s because “boil and bites” are formed using low temperatures and as you bite down, most of the material between your teeth is displaced. Which is where the cushioning is needed most.
Only a proper custom created mouthguard can give you the protection your teeth needs.