Today, Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team at Sindledecker Dentistry, want to discuss mouthguards – what they are, where to acquire them, and when it’s crucial to use them.
Q: What is a mouthguard?
A: A mouthguard is a flexible, removable device made of soft plastic that fits into your mouth. It is customized to comfortably contour to the shape of your upper teeth. This protective gear shields not only your teeth but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It is recommended to be worn during full-contact athletic or recreational activities that pose a risk of injury.
Q: How do mouthguards function, and why are they essential?
A: Acting as a shock absorber, a mouthguard cushions your mouth from the impact of blows to the face, head, or neck. It safeguards teeth from fractures and ensures that the tongue, lips, and cheeks remain clear of the teeth to prevent lacerations. Following Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz’s instructions on mouthguard usage can reduce the risk of concussion and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dislocation during sports activities. Many organized sports now mandate the use of mouthguards to protect athletes from injuries, and statistics indicate that most mouth injuries occur when athletes do not wear mouth protection.
Q: When should I wear a mouthguard?
A: You should wear a mouthguard whenever you engage in activities that carry a risk of falling or involve potential head contact with other players. This includes sports such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and other competitive sports.
Q: How do I select a mouthguard?
A: Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, recommend choosing a mouthguard that you find comfortable to wear. There are various options available, including preformed or “boil-to-fit” mouthguards found in sports stores. However, the most effective choice is to request a custom mouthguard during your next visit to our Boca Raton office. A custom mouthguard offers superior comfort and effectiveness in preventing injuries.
If you have additional questions about mouthguards, feel free to give us a call or inquire during your next visit!