If you have a child that plays contact sports, you’re probably already familiar with mouthguards. When worn properly, mouthguards protect your teeth, jaw, and gums from injury. Other than knowing that they’re a good thing to wear, most people don’t know much about them. In today’s post, we want to discuss the most frequently asked questions about mouthguards. And, if you or someone you know is looking to buy one in the near future, we hope you’ll contact Lake Villa Dental for your custom-made mouthguard.

Why Do You Need a Mouthguard?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it still warrants some discussion. Contact sports provide many opportunities for people to get hit, kicked, and elbowed in the mouth, and a mouth guard helps to prevent or reduce the severity of injury. While a chipped tooth may seem bad enough, mouth injuries can be much more extensive than that. Wearing a guard can help reduce the chances that your child will have to endure tooth loss or damage to soft tissues and nerves.

Are Mouthguards Only Used to Prevent Tooth Loss or Damage?

According to an article posted by the Cleveland Clinic titled, Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard for Sports, it is suggested that wearing a mouthguard may reduce the severity of a concussion by helping to redistribute the impact from a blow to the head. Further support of this theory can be found in a study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association where they concluded that custom-made mouthguards may reduce the risk of mild brain injury. If you weren’t sold on the importance of mouthguards before, you probably are now.

Are There Different Kinds of Mouthguards?

There are three different kinds, or categories of mouthguards. You can think of them as being compared to “good,” “better,” and “best”.

Stock Mouthguards

These are the one-size-fits-all version that you can find at your local big-box store or pharmacy. They’re inexpensive and easy to get, but only a small step above not wearing one at all. An ill-fitting mouthguard doesn’t offer the same kind of protection that a custom-made mouthguard can. Plus, they are poorly made so you can expect them to wear out before the season is over.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards

These mouthguards are a step above the base model, offering slightly better fit and durability. You can still purchase them from most stores, and you can mold them to your teeth and gums by warming the guard in water and then biting down on it. It still doesn’t offer the best fit, and the material will wear out quickly, making it most likely necessary to buy several over the course of a year.

Custom-made Mouthguards

These are the best option for long-wearing durability, fit, and function. A custom guard is made by a dental professional by making an impression of your teeth and then molding the guard over it. Because it is made specifically for your teeth and no one else’s, you can be confident that it will offer the best fit, comfort, and protection. Because high-grade materials are used, a custom-made mouthguard will also hold up much longer than other store-bought versions.

Where Can I Get a Custom-made Mouthguard?

If you live in the Lake Villa area, Lake Villa Dental is the trusted choice for custom-made mouthguards as well as a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. We’ve been serving the area residents for over 30 years and strive to provide the superior dental care that you and your family deserve.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we would be happy to answer them. Or, if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can do so by either calling or requesting an appointment through our website. We look forward to serving you!