From contact to non-contact sports, there is always a risk of injury, even to your teeth. Many sports such as football, lacrosse, and wrestling require or suggest that we wear mouthguards while playing or practicing, and ice hockey is one such example of a sport where a mouthguard can be the difference between you keeping or losing your teeth. While sometimes it may seem like a pain, wearing a mouthguard is critical to preventing sport-related dental injuries.
Most recently, there has been a movement among athletic organizations and leagues and recreational councils to institute more rules and safety measures for their participants. While these rules may seem to just get in the way, these rules will actually keep you safe and avoid costly dental injuries. Multiple councils have emerged working to promote orofacial protectors such as mouth guards.
When picking out a mouthguard, there are multiple things to keep in mind. First, no matter your gender, skill level, etc. you need a mouthguard. Even if you do not think there is a chance of collision or damage to your mouth, you are wrong. There is always a risk of dental injuries in contact and non-contact sports and recreational and competitive leagues. Women are just as frequently affected as men, and gender is no excuse not to use a mouthguard.
Second, the fit of your mouthguard is extremely important. If the mouthguard does not fit properly, it will not be as capable of preventing injury. Making sure you get a mouthguard that fits is just as critical as wearing a mouthguard. There are three different types of mouthguards on the market. These are ready-made, boil and bite, and custom made. One is not necessarily better than the other. Usually, it depends on you, your mouth, and your preferences.
Third, pick a mouthguard that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that it has been scientifically proven to demonstrates safety and efficacy by a council dedicated to your oral safety. By choosing an approved mouthguard, you even further reduce your risk of sport-related dental injuries.
By using a mouth guard, you can greatly reduce your risk of sport-related dental injuries and promote better oral health. Often, it is lack of knowledge or lack of a requirement that hinders people from getting a mouthguard. Know that you know why mouthguards are important, make wearing one a requirement for all of your sports related activities.