Mississauga, ON dentist explains how custom mouthguards minimize traumatic sports injuries
In the GTA, our “church” may very well be the Scotiabank Arena, and many of us seemingly worship at the “altar” of the Raptors and the Blue Jays. When we’re not busy being fans, we’re out on the rinks, courts, and fields ourselves. Dr. Rina Kotecha appreciates the many health benefits of engaging in sports and staying active; however, she naturally wants to protect the appearance of your smile and oral health. Many of the estimated 39% of sports-related dental injuries are preventable with well-fitting, quality custom mouthguards in Mississauga, ON at Dentistry on 10.
Stay in the game with mouthguards
All sports mouthguards are designed to essentially do the same thing; be worn as directed during those activities that put you at risk of dental and other oral injuries, to protect your teeth, jaws, face, and other structures. Generally, your options include:
- Store-bought “stock” and “boil and bite” mouthguards – The former option is the cheapest option. Stock guards are preformed and can be worn “off the shelf”; however, since they are mass-produced, these appliances also have the highest rate of non-compliance. They can be bulky and uncomfortable, and interfere with the breathing that is so important during exercise! The latter type of appliance gets its name from the warm water that is used to soften and shape the guard to the contours of your mouth.
- Professional mouthguards – There is no substitute for guards that are made from a model or impression of your mouth. Since these mouthguards are designed to your specifications, they fit well and comfortably. You and your student-athlete are more likely to actually wear custom mouthguards as advised and, in doing so, can prevent the costly and traumatic injuries that result from sports-related accidents.
Additionally, by partnering with a dentist for your sports mouthguards, you are assured that they’re kept in good working order. Adjustments may be made during routine visits for exams and cleanings. Dr. Kotecha can advise on proper care, as it’s important to soak it in water that isn’t too hot (to prevent warping) and in soap that isn’t alcohol-based or abrasive. Mouthguards and other oral appliances can become havens for destructive bacteria without consistent cleaning. We’re also happy to deep clean your custom mouthguard during your next visit!
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