The mouthguard protects teeth and nearby structures such as bones, jaws and soft tissues. It is used in contact sports but also in activities where there is the risk of a fall:
- Combat sports;
- Mountain bike;
- Acrobatic skiing.
Universal mouthguards are the cheapest solution. However, they offer limited protection and their minimal comfort impairs breathing and speach. They may be found in pharmacies.
For superior protection, comfort and maximum sport performance, it is best to use custom-made mouthguards adapted to your activity. Also, some studies have found that they help prevent concussions.
The cost of custom-made mouthguards is higher but depending on your usage, the investment can be well worth it. Moreover, some dental insurance plans cover mouthguards made by dentists. They figure that the mouthguards will cost less than the treatments caused by a lost or broken tooth.
What type of mouthguards should you choose?
Your dentist can help you select the mouthguard type most appropriate for your situation. Do not hesitate to bring up the subject. For additional advice, visit the following websites: