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Sports Mouthguards: The Real MVP

Preventing Facial Injuries In Children, Youth & Adults

What is a sports mouthguard?

A sport (athletic) mouthguard is a flexible appliance worn during recreational or athletic activities to minimize trauma to the mouth and face. Properly-fitted mouthguards cushion impacts – preventing the occurrence and reducing the severity of sport-related mouth injuries, including jaw fractures, tooth breakage or loss, and cuts to the gums, lips, tongue and face. These painful injuries can be expensive to treat, and can often take considerable time to treat and heal.

When should I or my children wear a sports mouthguard?

The Academy for Sports Dentistry recommends wearing a custom-made properly-fitted mouthguard for many activities, but especially: basketball, boxing, football, hockey (ice & field), lacrosse, martial arts, rugby, soccer, baseball/softball and wrestling.

Mouthguards can help prevent injuries even for non-contact sports, such as skateboarding and gymnastics.

What are the different kinds of sports mouthguards?

There are three different types of sports mouthguards.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

under-armour-logoConfiDental Health + Dental Clinic clinics are proud to offer custom-made Under Armour protective sports mouthguards and performance enhancing mouthwear. For the month of April we are offering 30% off custom-fitted sports mouthguards & Under Armour Performance oral appliances.

  • Created from an impression of the athlete’s mouth
  • Offers the best protection, fit and comfort
  • Pressure-laminated professionally-made
  • Relatively thin and comfortable
  • Never interfere with play, breathing or speech – for example, a quarterback can easily keep it in his mouth when he’s calling out signals.
  • Most athletes keep them in their mouths, so they are not lost or damaged, and where they can do their job
  • The design and thickness can be modified for specific sports
  • Colors, designs, team logos – can all be picked by the athlete

Contact our Calgary or Airdrie office for your FREE sports mouthguard consultation!

Boil-And-Bite Mouthguards
  • Available over the counter
  • These are softened in hot water, allowed to cool for 20 seconds before being placed in the athlete’s mouth, and then shaped around the teeth with finger and mouth pressure.
  • Basic, limited protection and fit
  • Often bulky and uncomfortable, while other areas are too thin and weak
  • Can interfere with breathing and speech
  • Difficult to fit around braces and other orthodontic devices
  • Athletes often chew on them, wedge them in helmets (so they need replacing frequently, which increases costs) or stop wearing them completely
Stock Mouthguards
  • Available over the counter
  • Made of rubber, and come in a limited number of sizes
  • You must constantly bite down on the device to hold it in place, causing soreness of jaw muscles and often interferes with breathing and speech
  • Least protection (little can be done to adjust its fit)
  • Cheapest

What should I know about my sports mouthguard?

  • Don’t wear removable appliances (e.g.: retainers) with your mouthguard
  • Wear a custom-fitted sports mouthguard if you wear braces.
  • Refrain from chewing on or cutting pieces off of your mouthguard
  • Wear it for games, but also for all practice sessions

We want you and your children to safely enjoy your sports and activities. Contact us today to learn more about our custom-made mouthguards and ask for a free consultation.

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