I ventured to WebMD this afternoon to get to the underlying issue about mouth guards and who should be using them.
There are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom fitted mouth guards.
Stock mouth guards are packaged and ready to be worn. Their fit can’t be adjusted as well as the other two mouth guards on the list. They can also be purchased in every sports store. They’re bulky and make breathing and talking exceedingly difficult. Dentists don’t recommend this type of mouthguard to athletes. These mouth guards provide little or no protection to the wearer.
Boil and Bite: These can also be purchased in many sports stores. They offer a better fit than stock mouth guards. They become soft when boiled and with pressure from the tongue and finger can be molded to the mouth users mouth.
Custom fit: This type of mouth guards are individually made or made in a dentists office. Because more time has to be put into making these mouth guards it is the most comfortable.
These types of mouth guards also provide the best protection for users.
Who should wear mouth guards?
Mouth guards should be worn by children and adults who play active sports. For example: boxing, hockey and basketball. Even for non-contact sports like gymnastics WebMD recommends wearing a mouthguard. Even if it’s recreational sports like skateboarding or mountain biking WebMD suggest wearing a mouthguard. Even for the more strange occurrences of people grinding their teeth in their sleep. I still haven’t found out why mouth guards cost different amounts of money when they’re all supposed to be doing the same thing.