The importance of protection
A good protection is essential in order to practice certain activities safely, whether you take part in contact sports (football, hockey, etc.) or a sport presenting a very high potential for injury or trauma (cheerleading, rollerblading, etc.).
Though it may not ensure full protection against fractures or injuries, wearing a mouth guard greatly reduces the probability of such an outcome. Normally, when we talk about mouth guard, it is automatically believed that this type of device helps to protect your teeth, but in fact, it does much more than that: it also reduces the risk of injury to the tongue, soft tissues, jaws and joints.
Although the basis for such an assertion is not clearly documented, many agree that wearing a mouth guard reduces the risks associated with concussions.
3 categories of mouth guards exist on the market.
You or your child have taken the decision to buy a mouth guard in order to practice your favourite activity or sport and reduce the risks of injury. It is great! However, you shouldn’t skimp on the quality of that piece of protective equipment even if a bargain may sometimes seem attractive.
1 – Mass-produced mouth guards
This type of mouth guard is generally sold in sporting goods stores and is often provided free of charge with the purchase of sports equipment, which says a lot about its value.
Very inexpensive (usually less than $10), it is not properly adjusted to the mouth and therefore does not allow for normal breathing and speaking. In addition, since it is unstable in the mouth, it can represent a choking hazard that is to be considered.
Some professionals consider this type of mouth guard to be equivalent to not wearing any mouth protector at all.
2 – Shapable mouth guards
Better than the first category of protectors, this type of product is very popular. The price varies between $10 and $100.
Molding your mouth guard to your mouth:
It is recommended by the manufacturer to immerse the device in boiling water so it will lose its rigidity. Once softened, put it in your mouth and bite it gently so it will take roughly the shape of your mouth. After a few minutes, the mouth guard will resume its rigidity but will retain the given shape.
Unfortunately, the resistance of such a product can be compromised because the thickness of the protector may not be uniform. Also, because it is not perfectly well-adjusted to the mouth, this category of protector does not provide good retention.
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