Mouthguards. Should I wear one when playing football?
Sport and recreation are among the most common activities to cause dental injuries.
At Fryer Barry Orthodontists we are regularly asked by our football-loving patients whether you should wear a mouthguard when playing football.
Our short answer is yes! We thought we should expand on that and answer a few other questions you may have about mouthguards.
Should I wear a mouthguard when playing football?
Absolutely! We wear shin pads to protect our shins, so you should be wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth. When playing any contact sport, you should wear a mouthguard. In any sporting activity, accidental collision and contact to the face can result in dental trauma. Your teeth will thank you, as will parents.
What type of mouthguard should I wear?
This can be confusing as there are a variety of mouthguards available. There are essentially three types of mouthguards:
- The first is our preferred option and is called a Custom-Fitted Mouthguard. These are made by your dentist using a mould taken of your teeth. Custom-fitted mouthguards provide the best protection due to their unique close fit, comfort and shock absorption.
- The second type is a Boil-and-Bite Mouthguard. This is a generic mouthguard that is placed in hot water to allow it to soften. You then bite down on it to help it mould to the shape of your teeth.
- The third type is a Stock Mouthguard. These are bought off the shelf and ready to wear.
A mouthguard made specifically for you will always provide you with the best protection for your teeth,
jaw and lips.
Where can I buy my mouthguard?
The best place for you to get a custom-fitted mouthguard is from your local dentist. They can take a mould of your teeth and have it custom made to fit offering great protection. You can buy boil-and-bite and stock mouthguards from sporting stores and chemists.
What if I have braces fitted? Should I still wear a mouthguard?
Absolutely! You want to protect your teeth during orthodontic treatment and we are sure that your parents will want you protecting them as well. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard that fits the mould of your braces provides maximum protection and comfort. The use of a mouthguard with braces can help to protect your teeth from injury as well as lacerations to your mouth. Ouch!
Remember, the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard is usually far less than the cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw. You should wear your mouthguard at training as well as when playing a game.Talk to us at your next visit or at your first appointment if you have any other questions.
If you think your child needs orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
1300 BRACES or 1300 27 22 37
And don’t forget that all FSC members receive 50% off their initial consultation fee. Just mention you are an FSC member when booking. All follow-up consults are complimentary until your child is ready to begin treatment.