If you and your kids play recreational or team sports, head over to your dentists office for a custom-made mouthguard and support National Face Protection Month.
Sponsored by the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, these organizations have joined forces to remind adults and children how important it is to protect yourself when you head outdoors.
Most people understand how important mouthguards are for contact sports such as baseball, football, hockey, and boxing, but mouth protectors should also be used for surfing, gymnastics, racquetball, and tennis. If your son or daughter is on the water polo team or likes to skateboard, talk to your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard.
There are three types of mouthguards available, stock, boil and bite and custom made, and although they all do essentially the same thing, there is a difference.
Stock mouthguards are the least expensive, but also the least protective. Stock mouthguards do not require preparation, are bulky, and lack retention. That literally means you must constantly bite down. Stock mouthguards are also uncomfortable and make it difficult to speak and breathe.
Boil and bite mouthguards are the most commonly used mouthguards on the market. Manufactured out of thermoplastic materials, boil and bite mouthguards are placed in boiling water before being placed in the mouth. Boil and bite mouthguards are a slight step up from stock mouthguards, but still lack comfort and retention.
Custom made mouthguards offer superior protection and are available from your dentist. These types of mouth protectors offer you and your family comfort, retention and stability. Custom made mouthguards do not affect breathing and do interfere with speaking.
The American Dental Association estimates that custom made mouthguards can prevent more than 200,000 injuries every year, and that is just in high school and college football. Properly fitted mouth protectors must be tear resistant, odorless, not bulky, and tasteless giving little to no interference with it comes to breathing and speaking.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a custom made mouthguard and join the millions of other Americans this April for National Face Protection month.