Athletes, especially those who play contact sports, should wear a sports mouth guard in order to protect their teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, lips, and other oral tissues. You are 60 times more likely to receive injury if you do not wear a mouth guard, so it is very important to use one while playing sports.
There are several different types of mouth guards athletes can use when playing sports. The most inexpensive type of mouth guard is called a stock guard. This can be bought in your local drug store and is ready to use. However, this guard comes in one-size-fits-all, which can be uncomfortable and not as effective in protecting your smile.
Another inexpensive mouth guard you can buy in stores is a boil and bite guard. This is better than a stock guard because it can be customized to the fit of your smile. After boiling the guard material, you will bite down on it and wait until it cools. This allows the guard to form into the shape of your teeth, allowing for improved comfort and protection.
The best type of guard that is the most efficient in protection and comfort is one custom-made by your dentist. Though it is more expensive than other guards, this guard is stronger, longer-lasting, and fitted to your unique mouth shape. Call Derek C. Barnes, DMD today to learn more about our mouth guards.