Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Everything About Mouthguards

What is a mouthguard? 

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made of plastic used in sports or recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. 

Why should I wear a mouthguard?  

To protect your mouth from injuries. The area of ​​dental health unanimously supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports. More than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw occur each year. 

Do mouthguards prevent injuries?

A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as cerebral hemorrhages, loss of consciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to prevent jamming of the lower jaw to the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective to separate the soft tissue of the oral cavity teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear braces. 

What should I wear a mouthguard?

The use of mouthguards is recommended when there are many possibilities for contact with other participants or hard surfaces. People who play basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts and recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling should wear mouthguards while competing.

Why children should wear mouthguards?

Parents are often not aware of the level of contact and potential for serious dental injuries are related to sports practicing their children. Some schools, though not all, reinforce the health advantage of mouthguards in contact sports. Costs may be another consideration, although there is a wide variety of prices mouthguards. 

What are the different types of mouthguards? 

Prefabricated mouthguards: are the cheapest option, but offer less protection because the adjustment is limited. It may interfere with speech and breathing because this mouthguard requires that the jaw is closed to remain in place. A prefabricated mouthguard is not acceptable as a facial protective device.

Guards are shaped mouth.. These mouthguards come like "boil-and-bite" '; therefore they should be biting and boil for use The mold is coated with acrylic or rubber when it is placed in the mouth athlete, the protective coating material conforms to the teeth and fixed.Mouthguards bespoke: the best choice is a mouthguard custom-made by your dentist. It offers the best protection, fit and comfort because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth.  

How should I care for my mouthguard?
  • Wash mouth guard (not hot) water and soap.
  • Before storing, rinse with mouthwash.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated plastic box when not in use. Make sure the box has several holes so the mouthguard to dry.
  • Heat is bad for mouthguards, so do not leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed car.
  • Do not bend the mouthguard when storing.
  • Do not handle or use the mouthpiece of another person.
  • Call your dentist who made the mouthguard if you have problems   

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