Athletic Mouth Guards
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A Word about Mouth Guards
When you think of athletic mouthguards, it is likely that you imagine a thick, bulky mouthpiece worn football players. There was a time when athletic guards were thought to be reserved for professional athletes. Today, with an increasing focus on health and physical fitness, much of the general population enjoys a variety of sports activities.
A customized athletic guard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities.
This has translated into an increase in the number of sports related mouth injuries in recent years. This is why we are advocates of custom guards to protect your smile during these activities.
For many patients, contact sports such as football, wrestling, and hockey clearly require the use of a mouthguard. A mouthguard provides protection against trauma to the teeth and jaw. Fractured teeth, cheek bites, and tongue bites are commonly prevented injuries.
Our office also recommends a customized athletic guard for patients who participate in non-contact sports. This may include cycling, cheerleading, weight-lifting, and running. During these activities, excessive forces can be applied to the teeth as a result of clenching or straining. Clenching or grinding the teeth while concentrating is a subconscious habit noted by virtually every athlete.
A customized athletic guard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities. We will take precise measurements and impressions of your upper and lower teeth in order to create a guard that conforms to your anatomy.
Customized guards can also be used to help maintain a healthy position for your jaw joint. Some studies have shown that, without the jaw properly positioned, the body is unable to produce certain hormones that can decrease your athletic potential and concentration. Obtaining the proper fit and jaw position with an over the counter or self-molding mouthguard is not probable. Trusting these details to an experienced oral surgeon such as Dr. Eisner who has extensive training is the best way to ensure that your mouthguard is effective.
A mouth protector should be evaluated from the standpoint of retention, comfort, ability to speak and breathe, tear resistance and proper protection provided to the teeth, gums and lips.
There are criteria’s to consider when being fitted for a mouth protector. The device should be:
Fitted so that it does not misalign the jaw and throw off the bite, lightweight, strong, easy to clean and should cover the upper and/or lower teeth and gums.
By encouraging sports enthusiasts at every level of play to wear mouth guards and other protective equipment, oral and maxillofacial surgeons hope to help change the “face” of sports.
In the event a facial or mouth injury occurs that requires a trip to the emergency room, the injured athlete, his parent or coach should be sure to ask that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is called for consultation. With their background and training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the specialists most qualified to deal with these types of injuries. In some cases, they may even detect a “hidden” injury that might otherwise go unnoticed.
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Prevention — The Best Policy
Because avoiding injury is always best, Dr. Eisner is an advocate for the use of automobile seat belts, protective mouth guards, and appropriate masks and helmets for everyone who participates in athletic pursuits at any level. You don’t have to play at the professional level to sustain a serious head injury. New innovations in helmet and mouth and face guard technology have made these devices comfortable to wear and very effective in protecting the vulnerable maxillofacial area. Make sure your family is well-protected. If you play the sport, make the following safety gear part of your standard athletic equipment.
Football: Helmets with face guards and mouth guards should be worn. Many of the helmets manufactured for younger players have plastic face guards that can be bent back into the face and cause injury. These should be replaced by carbon steel wire guards.
Baseball: A catcher should always wear a mask. Batting helmets with a clear molded plastic face guard are now available; these can also be worn while fielding.
Ice Hockey: Many ice hockey players are beginning to wear cage-like face guards attached to their helmets. These are superior to the hard plastic face masks worn by some goalies, as the face guard and the helmet take the pressure of a blow instead of the face. For extra protection, both face and mouth guards — including external mouth guards made of hard plastic and secured with straps — can be worn.
Wrestling: More and more high school athletic associations require wrestlers to wear head gear. A strap with a chin cup holds the gear in place and helps steady the jaw. Recently, face masks have been developed for wrestlers, who should also wear mouth guards.
Boxing: Mouth guards are mandatory in this sport. A new pacifier-like mouth guard for boxers has been designed with a thicker front, including air holes to aid breathing.
Lacrosse: Hard plastic helmets resembling baseball batting helmets, with wire cage face masks, are manufactured for this sport.
Field Hockey: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons recommend that athletes participating in this sport wear mouth guards. Goalies can receive extra protection by wearing Lacrosse helmets.
Soccer: Soccer players should wear mouth guards for protection. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons advise goalies to also wear helmets.
Biking: All riders should wear lightweight bike helmets to protect their heads. Scooters and Skateboarders: Bike helmets are also recommended for those who ride two-wheeled scooters and skateboards.
Skiing and Snowboarding: The recent surge in accidents among skiers and snowboarders has encouraged many safety conscious participants to wear lightweight helmets that will protect the maxillofacial area in the event of a fall or crash.
Horseback Riding: A helmet and mouth guard is recommended for horseback riding, particularly if the rider is traveling cross-country or plans to jump the horse.
Basketball, Cheerleading, Water Polo, Handball,Rugby, Karate, Judo, and Gymnastics: Participants in these sports should be fitted with mouth guards.
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