We see popular NBA players like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant wear mouthguards, and it has become part of their fashion or game look. We know that mouthguards protect athletes’ teeth especially in boxing or wrestling, but is a basketball mouthguard a necessity or is it just for show?
Why use mouthguards?
Mouthguards are made with medical-grade plastic materials that act as a cushion for the teeth in case trauma or sudden impact is applied to the mouth. This dental appliance support and protect the teeth, gums, and jaw from injury. Most athletes participating in active contact sports are advised to use these.
What sports need their players to wear a mouthguard?
A player of any contact sports that can present pressure or impact to the mouth, whether intentional or accidental, needs to use mouthguards. These sports include but are not limited to:
- Martial arts
- Equestrian events
What are the advantages of wearing mouthguards?
It is an added protection to your mouth. We try to stay away from accidental falls and bumps during playing or training for a game. But because things are always unpredictable, it is important that we are ready in cases where injuries are more possible and potential trauma is foreseeable.
It is easy to maintain. Unlike other dental appliances that need to be adjusted and tightened, mouthguards are removable and convenient to use and clean. Just use your toothbrush to brush the inner parts while you are also cleaning your teeth.
It is less expensive than any dental treatments. We all know that prevention is always better than cure. Wearing mouthguards during a sports event reduces your risk for damaging your teeth and gums, in return, it allows you to stay away from expensive dental treatments to solve injuries and trauma to your dental cavity.
Interested in availing your own mouthguard? You can go directly to any drugstore and they can give you a standard size mouthguard, or you can visit your dentist so they can let you have a customized one that fits perfectly to your teeth and gums.