Athletes, especially those in contact sports, are generally seen wearing mouthguards. However, there are many who refuse to wear a mouthguard, whether it is because the guard is an uncomfortable fit or because they have trouble talking with it. However, mouthguards are crucial in reducing dental injuries for athletes, and here is why.
How They Protects Your Smile
In short, a mouthguard works as a shock absorber. The surface of a guard distributes and dissipates the force of impact. Mouthguards generally cover the upper teeth, because that is the place injury is most likely to occur. Additionally, custom-made mouthguards created by a dentist offer the best protection because they have the best fit.
Mouthguards Protect More Than Your Teeth
Even though they cover your teeth, mouthguards protect other parts of your body as well. They cushion your cheek inner lining, tongue, and lips by holding them away from your teeth. Mouthguards are even known to help protect the neck, jaw, and head from trauma, or at least reduce the severity of injury.
Look at the Statistics
If you are still iffy about using a mouthguard, check out these statistics. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer from dental injuries if they do not wear a mouthguard. Further they state “the use of a properly fitted mouthguard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.”