A note from Dr. Janice Spada, your Sudbury, MA dentist—
The Olympic Games never fail to captivate men, women, and children from across the world, and the Sochi Winter Games were no exception. Even those who’ve never set foot in a gym feel that they, too, can one day achieve glory.
I’m not just being sentimental here; in previous years, the Olympic Games have been linked to increased interest in sports, physical activity, and fitness. A study published in the Journal of the American Dentistry Association reveals that 10-40% of all dental injuries are sports-related, and I can tell you that nearly five million teeth are lost to these injuries every year.
Recently, our patient lost his lower front permanent tooth while playing basketball. Remember that if a tooth is dislodged, contact a dentist immediately and place the dislodged tooth in a saline solution or tuck it in front of teeth and lips of the victim to retain moisture and seek immediate dental care.
Good: Stock Mouthguards
Stock mouthguards, available at sporting goods retailers, are a low-cost way to protect teeth from damage. However, they are available in limited sizes—usually small, medium, and large—and offer minimal protection.
Because stock mouthguards are not custom-fitted, they may feel bulky and uncomfortable in the mouth, and they can interfere with speaking and breathing. In other words, it’s better than nothing, but just barely.
Better: Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards
You will pay slightly more for this type of mouthguard, also available at sporting goods stores. After submerging the appliance in boiling water, you remove it and allow it to cool slightly before inserting it into your mouth.
When you bite down on the mouthguard, it forms to the shape of your teeth. I’ve spoken with patients who acknowledge that this option is more comfortable than stock mouthguards, but that it doesn’t quite cover all of their back teeth.
Others complain that the awkward fit triggers their gag reflex. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are the most commonly used option, but they cannot provide the same degree of comfort and protection as a custom-fitted appliance.
Best: Under Armour Performance Mouthguards
I want only the best for my patients’ teeth, and this means providing options beyond what you will find on the shelves. For example, I know that you can purchase over-the-counter teeth whitening kits at a drugstore, but I still offer Zoom! Chair side teeth whitening and a take-home whitening kit.
In this case, I’m proud to be one of the few authorized providers of Under Armour mouthguards in Sudbury, MA. Consider the benefits:
- Creating your custom mouthguard usually takes no longer than 20 minutes.
- Each appliance will last a full sports season, whereas stock options typically hold up for only a month or two.
- You can choose from multiple colors, matching your mouthguard to your team colors.
- Each mouthguard is customized to your bite, making it more comfortable and easier to retain during gameplay.
By the way, performance mouthguards aren’t only for athletes who participate in team sports. Teeth protection is important during any type of vigorous physical activity that could injure your teeth.
For example, I have patients who wear a mouthguard while cycling, hiking, and learning martial arts. I encourage you to contact my office with any questions you may have about protecting your teeth, whether by using a mouthguard or applying dental sealants to safeguard against tooth decay.
I personally use the performance mouthwear when I play golf. Tiger Woods fear not, but I feel my golf swing is just a bit better when I have my mouth in a relaxed position.
Are you going for the gold? To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 978-443-3111. Dr. Janice Spada provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for patients living in Marlborough, Framingham, Sudbury, Worcester, and the neighboring Boston communities.