Using mouthguards for contact sports can protect your teeth from a blow to the face during games or practices. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we take your child’s oral health very seriously and discussing the use of mouthguards for sports is essential to their wellbeing. Having cracked or dislodged teeth from sports is one of the most common injuries we see at our office, and we want to do everything we can to prevent these problems.
Why Is it Important to Use Mouthguards for Sports?
The front teeth are the most vulnerable during a collision while playing contact sports such as football. Using a mouthguard, built to protect your teeth from getting knocked out or cracked, can help you avoid extensive cosmetic surgery to fix your damaged teeth.
A mouthguard is required by schools when children participate in sports such as football, hockey, and boxing. The American Dental Association (ADA) has expanded the list of sports that are dangerous and could result in injury to your teeth. The recommendations extend to using mouthguards for activities such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, and many other favorite sports.
In general, if your child plays a sport and you are concerned about damage to his or her teeth, we can help you make the best decision.
What Types of Mouthguards are Available?
There are two main types of mouthguards available to choose from:
How Long Do Mouthguards Last?
With proper care and cleaning, a mouthguard for sports should last for several years. It’s essential to clean the mouthguard carefully, allow it to dry thoroughly, and store it in a dry place when not in use. However, realistically, with the constant use, a mouthguard should be replaced each year to prevent bacteria growth.
Just like with your toothbrush, you should get a new mouthguard if you notice any signs of wear and tear, including cracks, to ensure it is protecting your teeth as intended.
How Should a Mouthguard Fit?
When using a mouthguard, it should fit snugly over your upper teeth. You should not need to bite down on it to make it stay in place, and the mouthguard should not slip out of place if you open your mouth while wearing it.
Any athlete who plays a contact sport with risks for dental injuries is required to wear a protective mouthguard. While getting a custom-made mouthguard is ideal, we realize it is a costlier choice, and you may not want to spend all that money. Getting an over-the-counter mouthguard can work just as well in protecting your child’s teeth.
If you have any questions about mouthguards for sports, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.