Sport Mouth Guard
A sports mouth guard? Many people may be unfamiliar with this. In fact, regular sports watchers may notice that boxers often spit out a fancy green thing in their mouths between matches, which is actually a sports mouthguard.
Sports mouthguard there are many names, such as mouthguard, oral protector, mouthguard set, mouthguard, etc., is the same appliance of different names, that is, a wear on the teeth appliance, used to protect the teeth in the head and face when hit will not be harmed.
Sports mouthguard was first used in the early 20th century to protect the teeth of boxers from injury in the game, and later it was discovered that it could be used in many sports to protect the teeth. If the sport involved in physical contact, or the possibility of falls, head and face impact, such as boxing, sparring, taekwondo, judo, wrestling, basketball, baseball, rugby, English soccer, field hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain racing, etc., then a sports mouthguard is a very important piece of sports protection. Sports mouth guards are very popular in Europe and the United States.
Sports mouthguard is generally covered in the upper teeth, the lower teeth through the bite, and the upper teeth to form a whole, can effectively disperse the impact force, at the same time, sports mouthguard is made of special elastic plastic, itself on the external force has a good absorption, cushioning effect, can effectively prevent tooth fracture, alveolar bone and jaw bone fracture, etc.. In addition, it can separate the lips from the teeth and other hard tissues to reduce the injury to the mouth and lips. The sports mouth guard can even effectively reduce the impact of external forces on the skull and neck, reducing the possibility of skull base fractures and concussions.
Which sports are recommended to wear a mouthguard?
According to the American Dental Association, sports that require a mouthguard to avoid injury include: (competitive) gymnastics, basketball, cycling, boxing, equestrian, extreme sports, track and field, soccer, gymnastics, handball, (ice) field hockey, ice skating, ice skating, skiing, bag hockey, rugby, competitive martial arts, squash, skydiving, softball, volleyball, surfing, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
You may ask: “Strange, many of these sports do not hit the face, why do you need dental protection?
Except for sports that may hit your head directly, it is strictly recommended to wear a mouthguard for sports that have a chance of falls, bumps, accidental collisions, and hard clenching. Because the mouth guard can protect the teeth in the fall, collision not to hurt the flesh of the mouth.
This situation is very painful and annoying just with the thought of a small mouth break can make people feel very uncomfortable, because the sports impact of teeth in the meat of the inside of the mouth caused by scrapes, bites, certainly let you a few weeks are not good to eat and sleep. Other parts of the guard can also reduce the chance of jaw fractures, temporomandibular joint injuries. For weightlifting, powerlifting and other sports that require instant force and teeth clenching, a mouthguard can effectively prevent tooth wear and possible TMJ problems.
Some athletes are reluctant to wear a mouthguard because they are not used to it, fear that it will affect their breathing, affect their sports performance, etc. But in fact, these are easy to overcome, and most of them are due to the selection of an unsuitable mouthguard. In fact, with a good, customized mouthguard, it will not affect breathing and heart rate.
Foreign studies have shown that wearing the right sports mouthguard can also improve the athletes’ performance to some extent.
Currently, commonly used sports mouth guards are divided into the following three categories from the production.
1. Custom-made mouthguard: This is a kind of mouthguard designed and made by dentists and dental technicians for different individuals. This type of mouthguard fits the user’s oral tissues and is comfortable to wear and provides maximum protection.
2. Heated Bite Guards: These guards are pre-formed and need to be placed in boiling water to soften them and then placed in the mouth to bite into shape. This mouthguard and the oral cavity fit is poor, the oral cavity protection is also poor.
3. Ordinary mouthguard (finished mouthguard): this mouthguard is also pre-formed, and can not be reshaped by heating, so this mouthguard can not fit with teeth and other oral tissues, the protection is poor, but also, more bulky, uncomfortable to wear, and may hinder breathing and speech.
People who often participate in sports, especially those with a high degree of confrontation, are advised by our experts to choose a suitable sports mouthguard for themselves as needed to protect their mouths from injury and to have healthy teeth while strengthening their bodies.