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Sports Mouth Guards

Sports Mouth Guards

If you participate in any contact or non-contact sports, Katy Dental Experts recommend the use of mouthguards. Prevention is an important part of optimal dental care and wearing Katy’s sports mouthguards to prevent dental injuries.

About Sports Guards

Mouthguards, sports guards, and mouth protectors are all the same thing: a device worn over your teeth to protect them from facial and head blows. Mouthguards usually only cover your upper teeth, but you can have one for your lower teeth as well (for example, if you have braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw).

Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries athletes get during sports participation as per the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety. They claim that if an athlete does not wear a mouthguard, the probability to suffer from tooth damage is 60 times more likely. Thanks to sports mouth guards, hundreds of thousands of dental injuries are prevented each year.

It is recommended to wear a sports guard if you are playing contact sports such as basketball, boxing, football, ice, and field hockey, or non-contact sports like gymnastics, and even when you do recreational activities like skateboarding and skiing. When playing these sports, wearing a mouthguard significantly reduces the risk of mouth and jaw injuries. 

Types of Sports Guards

  1. Stock mouthguards are pre-formed and are ready to use. These are the most affordable mouth guards.
  2. Boil and bite mouth protectors provide a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They become soft enough to bite into when boiled, leaving an imprint on the athlete’s teeth.
  3. Custom-fitted mouthguards are the most comfortable, durable, and effective and are more expensive than the others.
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