Training Time: Mouthguards
Training Time with Max Benton
This information should not be used as diagnosis of a particular condition and is intended only to be informative. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, please consult a doctor.
DENTAL INJURIES AND MOUTHGUARDS:
Athletes of any age should be aware of the possibility of an injury to the mouth. Dental injuries are one of the most common types of preventable injuries and people can significantly reduce their risk for injury with a mouthguard.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Dental injuries are any kind of blow or fall to the mouth area that damages the teeth, lips, tongue, and jaw.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
Participating in an athletic event, more specifically in contact sports, such as football, soccer, boxing, wrestling, and hockey.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Laceration of the tongue, lips, and cheeks; broken or missing teeth; and possible jaw fractures.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?
If you don’t wear a mouthguard and suffer an injury to the mouth, please consult a doctor.
Preventatively, wearing a mouthguard decreases your chances for a mouth injury. A mouthguard is a protective device that fits inside the mouth to protect the teeth. The most common type of mouthguard fits on the top teeth, and the bottom teeth are protected when the guard overlaps them.
The specific advantages of a mouthguard include the following:
The different types of mouthguards are the following:
If you own a mouthguard, make sure to keep it in its original container, rinse often, and wash with soap and water or mouthwash.