When you are suiting up and getting ready to hit the field or the court, don’t forget to protect your mouth. Helmets may prevent concussions, but they are incapable of preventing oral injuries. In any sport, head injuries are bound to happen to players, but not all types of helmets protect your teeth and jaw. According to the American Dental Association, one-third of all dental injuries are sports related. Whether you are playing basketball, football, or even in the ring boxing, all contact sports should have some form of mouth protection.
A Variety of Protection
There are various designs of mouth guards that can give you the protection that you need. At Safety First Sports we have a variety of them. They may serve the same purpose, but not all mouth guards offer the same level of defense. The most prominent mouth guard among athletic equipment is the general stock mouth protector. It may be the most widely used, though it doesn't offer the greatest amount of protection against high-impact sports. Most pieces are not form-fitting. They can be cumbersome and make speaking or breathing tough for athletes. A lip protector mouth piece provides a higher level of protection than a typical football mouth guard but may be still slightly lacking in safety. Most dentists would not recommend using this particular kind of mouth guard.
For a more quality form of protection, invest in a custom-fitted mouth protector. Typically created in a laboratory or dentist's office, a custom made mouth guard offers the highest level of security. The in-depth process to creating the fitted mouth guards include multiple steps. First, the dentist will make an impression of your mouth. Then a mold is placed over the impression. The shape of the model constructs the mouthpiece to your exact shape and specifications. This option is the most expensive, but is a quality investment. It provides you with optimal safety and maximum defense against impacts.
Next Level Protection
Mouth guards have many features that enhance their level of defense. The lip protector mouth piece extends not only over the teeth but the lips as well. This kind of mouth protector can prevent a lip from getting busted open or accidentally biting them. Some mouth protectors are shaped with a hole in the middle to assist with breathing. The Battle Oxygen Predator mouth guard, for example, has 184% more airflow than competitors. More airflow means better performance during your game.
Accidents can happen in any sport, full-impact or not. It is best to prepare yourself to the best of your abilities, and your mouth guard is a quality form of preparation. Don’t put on your gear without it. Whatever features you are seeking in oral protection, Safety First Sports has your comfort and security in mind above all.