Mouth Guards or Mouth Protectors
American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for the
Basketball • Boxing • Discus Throwing • Field Hockey •
Football • Gymnastics • Handball • Ice Hockey •
Lacrosse • Martial Arts • Racquetball • Rugby •
Shotputting • Skateboarding • Snowboarding • Skiing •
Skydiving • Soccer • Squash • Surfing • Volleyball •
Water Polo • Weightlifting • Wrestling
mouthguards are better than store-bought because they conform
to your actual bite and are made of more durable material!
Warning: If you have
braces or bridgework you should
wear a mouthguard that is
fitted by your dentist.
Crash test dummy to build a
Two summers ago, a 10-year-old
boy playing Little League baseball found himself sprinting for
home plate. When he glanced up to check the throw from second,
the ball smacked him square in the mouth. In an instant, the
boy lost three upper incisors. The ball luxated the fourth,
fractured his alveolar bone and drove four lower incisors back
into his head. The boy wasn't wearing a mouthguard. But Dr.
David Kenny, who fitted the boy for a partial denture,
says he's treated so many smashed-in kids' faces in his 20 years
of pediatric dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children.
"Kids' bones and teeth aren't done growing yet. "So
when there's facial trauma, all you can really do is fit them
with a partial denture, then remake and adjust it as they grow.
That's thousands of dollars in dental expenses, with little
or no insurance coverage." Dr. Kenny believes a
mouthguard should protect much better than so- called boil and
bite mouthguards currently on the market—semi- circular pieces
of rubber users heat in boiling water, then bite down to create
an impression around the teeth. Mouthguards are like
bumpers on a car,the bumper takes the hit, but the car's
frame—or in a person's case, bone—absorbs the real force of
impact.Dr. Kenny agrees that custom-made mouthguards
shaped by a dentist will fit better. Each cadaver will be
fitted with all kinds of data input devices, including five
strain gauges: one in the palette, two in the canine fossa and
two in the bilateral zygoma. A baseball pitching machine will
launch a baseball at 50 mph at the cadaver's four upper front
teeth, which Dr. Kenny says suffer most from sports-related
injuries. Dr. Kenny and his colleagues will start building
a working prototype of the new mouthguard.
Posted March 24, 2003 ADA Org.
Anyone playing sports should
invest in a custom-made mouth guard.
They are perfectly fitted your mouth to protect you from
injuries. It is especially important for anyone
wearing braces to invest in a
mouthguard in order to prevent mouth lacerations and tooth
Custom made mouthguards are best
if you don't wear braces. But even poorly fitting, over
the counter mouthguards offer better protection than no mouth
guard at all. In fact, commercial mouthguards are, in some
ways , better for people with braces because they offer an ideal
alternative since it is difficult to properly fit a custom-made mouthguard
on people with braces.
Source: DentalNotes Summer 2001
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