Do You Need a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a device worn over the teeth for protection from potential damage. There are specific mouthguards for specific needs- for example someone with oral appliances like braces. Many wear mouthguards during sports or recreational activities. Find out if you need a mouthguard.
The Ideal Mouthguard
- allows for easy speaking and breathing
- stays in place
- durable and easy to clean
- comfortable fit
- odorless and tasteless
Who Should Wear One?
According to The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), football players must wear “brightly colored, intraoral mouthguards…to reduce the frequency and severity of craniofacial and intraoral morbidity and mortality…” However, the American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouthguard for anyone participating in a sport/action with a potential for the teeth to contact a hard surface or another player. As you can imagine, this pretty much covers any sport- bike riding, basketball, gymnastics, ect. Basically, you need a mouthguard if you don’t want chipped teeth or worse in sports!
What Type of Mouthguard is Best?
It depends on your specific needs. Here are the 3 most common types of mouthguards:
- Stock: These are the least expensive but also have lowest quality. You can purchase these at your local drugstore and you can expect them to come preformed and ready to wear. Made of rubber or polyvinyl, they tend to be uncomfortable and ill-fitting since they are not personally fitted.
- Mouth-Formed: A shell-liner or boil and bite are the two common types in this category. The Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains, “The first type is lined with acrylic gel or rubber that molds to the teeth and sets to keep its shape. The second type, made of thermoplastic, is placed in boiling water then formed and molded to the contours of the teeth using the fingers, lips, tongue and biting pressure. Boil-and-bite mouth guards can be reheated and refitted if the fit isn’t comfortable initially.” These can be purchased online and at sporting goods and drug stores. As you likely realize, these are a better option than stock mouthguards but cannot compare to a custom-fitted mouthguard.
- Custom-Fitted: The most expensive but the absolute best option if you are looking for the most comfort and protection. This is because they are made from a cast of your teeth for a precise fit. You can get these at the dentist’s office. From the impression your dentist takes of your teeth, a lab technician will create your custom fitted mouthguard.
We Offer Custom-Fitted Mouthguards!
Rancho Dental recommends a mouthguard to protect your teeth. In fact, if you or your child wears a mouthguard, you are potentially saving money. Think of the expensive oral accidents and injuries that can be avoided in sports or other activities! If you need a mouthguard or want more information about our custom-fitted mouthguards, please contact us!
29746 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591