According to dentist Columbia SC Dr. Gregory Wych, mouthguards should be used by anyone who plays contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in sports such as skateboarding and mountain biking that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard.
The advantage of using a mouthguard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries. Worn over the teeth, mouthguards are often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. They also help avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
The type of mouthguard you chose could impact the level of protection you will receive when involved in an accident related to contact sports play. When choosing a mouthguard, your dentist Columbia SC asks that you consider how each of the following types would benefit your situation before making a final decision.
- Stock mouth protectors are preformed, inexpensive and can be purchased at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, they are bulky, can make breathing and talking difficult, and provide little or no protection.
- Boil and bite mouth protectors can also be purchased at many sporting goods stores and typically provide a better fit than the stock version. The boil and bite mouthguard is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth by your dentist Columbia SC.
- Custom-fitted mouth protectors are ultimately your best choice because they’re individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist Columbia SC will create an impression of your teeth and then mold a mouthguard over the model using a special material. This custom-made mouthguard is typically more expensive than the other types, but worth the additional expense.
If you or someone you love is exposed to dental injuries or experiences teeth grinding at night, contact your dentist Columbia SC office today to determine which type of mouthguard is best for your needs.