Gear Up For The Season With A Mouthguard
- July 24, 2016
Before you know it, the Blue Devils will be suiting up for the first football game of the 2016 season. Nearby, the Blue Knights will be lining up as well.
Whether you attend Plainville another high school nearby, the fall sports season is about to get underway. You may have started practicing already.
At Gentle Dental Care, we wish all our local athletes good luck during the upcoming season. We want to encourage to play hard, to give your best effort on the field or court, and to be safe when you play.
Everyone knows that safety equipment is required for football players, but they aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about protecting themselves. Specifically, they are not the only athletes would benefit from wearing protective athletic mouthguards during practices and competitions.
If you don’t have a mouthguard yet, or your current mouthguard is a couple years old, then now is the time to get a new one for the upcoming season.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that boxers were the first athletes to start wearing mouthguards during contests.
After all, they are punching one another frequently in the face and mouth. A mouthguard helps to keep their teeth in their sockets and protects the soft tissues of their mouths from their teeth.
Part of the reason mouthguards grew in popularity (among boxers) was the result of a chipped tooth. In 1927, a fighter named Mike McTigue chipped a tooth. This causes a severe cut on his lip and he was forced to forfeit a match, that by all accounts, he had been winning.
After that, mouthguard use became routine for boxers, but other athletes started wearing them, too.
Today, they are a mandatory piece of equipment in several sports, and they are recommended by many organizations (including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) for many other sports and activities.
The best protection comes from having a custom-fitted mouthguard to wear.
The National Federation of State High School Associations has noted that contact sports participants are 50 percent more likely to suffer oral or facial injuries.
Before modern safety equipment was introduced (mouthguards and facemasks), more than half of all football injuries were oral or facial injuries. Now, fewer than 1 percent of football injuries involve the face or mouth.
Mouthguards should accomplish two things. They should protect your upper teeth by covering the fronts and biting surfaces, and they should separate your upper teeth from the soft tissues around them.
A properly fitted mouthpiece offers the best protection for the athlete who is wearing it, and a custom-fitted mouthpiece provides the best possible fit.
Boil-and-bite mouthguard offers some level of customization, but custom-fitted mouthguards are created from impressions of your teeth.
This way each mouthguard is designed especially for the wearer. This allows those mouthguards to be smaller, which makes them more comfortable and less likely to interfere with speaking or breathing during a practice or game.
We can’t stress enough the value of having a mouthguard that was made just for you.
Our mouthguards can be made firmer or softer depending on your personal preferences and the sport(s) that you play.
They can be made thicker in places to better protect more vulnerable parts of your mouth, and they can be made in colors that reflect your personality or your school colors.
Football would qualify under any definition of a high-impact sport. All contact sports do, but contact is only one factor in determining if something considered a high-impact sport or activity.
In looking at the sanctioned high school fall sports offered in Connecticut, mouthguards are recommended for all field hockey, football, soccer, and volleyball athletes.
All of these sports require heavy impact on the knees, ankles, and hips. Jumping, frequent changes in speed and direction, and the potential for being struck in the face with a ball or piece of equipment all can have a jarring impact on your teeth and jaw.
An athletic mouthguard can protect your teeth from those involuntary jaw movements or from the direct impact to your face or head.
Get Fitted Today
If you have not yet gotten a new mouthguard for upcoming sports season, please call today to make an appointment at our dentist office in Plainville, CT.
The staff at Gentle Dental Care would much rather see you before the season begins than during an emergency after you suffer a dental injury during a game.