A right hook in boxing or a kickboxing kick? Without an oral protector, damage to the mouth and head can be significant. That’s why this type of protector is mandatory in these combat sports. But did you know that other sports could also become safer thanks to this oral protection? Hockey and baseball players, in particular, would be less exposed to mouth injuries if these disciplines required the use of a personalized mouth guard. Currently, wearing a mouthguard is not mandatory, but rather remains the choice of the player.
The mouthguard limits soft tissue injuries to the mouth
A contact sport puts players at risk of getting a blow to the face. Often, the impact is so stiff that a lip or split gum leads to the urgency of a hospital. Stitches are then needed to repair these soft tissues of the mouth. Not to mention the pains and difficulties to eat and talk later. A custom oral protector helps prevent damage to these soft tissues.
This type of personalized protection offers better performance than a universal mouthguard because it is adapted to the shape of the athlete’s teeth. Its stability also makes it easy to use. According to the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, wearing a mouthguard in certain sports could prevent around 200,000 mouth injuries.
The mouth guard reduces the loss of teeth
Although contact sports maximize the risk of being hit in the mouth, other sports activities can also cause injuries of this type. Falling by bike or skates, falling during a gymnastics training, receiving a blow from the dance partner brings a lot of lesions to the mouth and teeth. A dentition damaged during such an accident usually requires consultation with a denturologist. He then sees to replace broken or broken teeth. This type of injury can easily be minimized by wearing a suitable oral protector. Besides, denturologists advise the use of a customized mouthguard when practicing a sport or recreational activity at risk.
It reduces the risk of concussion
Surprised? Yet the effectiveness of the custom mouthguard extends even to this type of injury. Indeed, the mouthguard adapted to the morphology reduces the shock felt at the base of the skull and the brain during high speed impacts. By stabilizing the jaw, it protects major blows to the head.
It protects orthodontic appliances
Orthodontic appliances are particularly sensitive to blows. The practice of a sport, therefore, puts them at risk of losing their precision and being damaged. In these situations, only a bespoke oral protector can maintain the effectiveness of orthodontic appliances, while protecting teeth in treatment. The custom mouthguard is then adapted to the mouth, teeth, and braces to preserve the important investment of orthodontic care. Many sports become safer, protecting the tissues of the mouth and the integrity of the teeth. With this type of protection, the damage caused by a blow to the head also decreases.