Sports mouth guards are critical pieces of equipment for anyone who participates in a sport or recreational activity where injury may occur. These devices fit snuggly over the teeth to protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury and help maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. We welcome you to call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to learn more about sports mouth guards in San Jose, California, and make your appointment with Drs. Andrew McDonald, Trang Thai, and Valerie De Leon.
Most sporting organizations now require participants in sports or recreational activities to wear mouth guards. Sports mouth guards (also known as athletic mouth protectors) protect the teeth and reduce the amount of force transmitted from a traumatic impact. They also reduce the likelihood and severity of the following injuries:
- Cheek lesions
- Gum and soft tissue injuries
- Jawbone fractures
- Lip lesions
- Neck injuries
- Tongue lesions
- Tooth fractures
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in particular advocates for the use of dental mouth guards during any sporting or recreation activity. There are 3 main types of mouth guards to meet your needs:
- Stock mouth guards – stock mouth guards are purchased off the shelf. They are one-size fits all, and are cheap, quick to locate at sporting goods stores, and easy to fit. This type of mouth guard is not recommended, as it provides only minimal protection and obstructs proper breathing and speaking.
- Boil and bite mouth guards – these mouth guards are made from thermoplastic and are easily located at most sporting goods stores. They are used by immersing the device in hot water to make it pliable, and then pressing it on the child’s teeth to create a custom mold. These are more expensive than stock mouth guards, but offer more protection and feel more comfortable in the mouth. They also allow for easier speech production and breathing.
- Custom mouth guards – custom mouth guards offer the greatest degree of protection possible. These mouth guards are custom-made by dentists for your mouth. An impression is taken, and the mouth guard is constructed over the mold. While they are more expensive and take longer to fit, they are comfortable, orthodontically correct, and fully approved by dentists.
For more information about sports mouth guards, contact our office today.