The mouthguard is a fundamental protective device if you practice contact sports.
The mouthguard protects your lips, teeth and gums and is used by all professional athletes who practice contact sports such as boxing, muay thai, wrestling, the arts, but also rugby, American football etc.
It’s one of those things you should never forget at home, and absolutely never before a match.
Possibly you also have to have more than one parandenti and to find a comfortable one for you you need to try it over time different.
Do you always have to use the mouthguard?
Yes, you can’t give up using it because injuries to the gums, teeth, jaw jaw and various joints are prevented. The mouthguard aims to cushion and distribute the impact of a shot on a wider surface, thereby reducing the intensity of the impact, and stabilizing the teeth, preventing it from rubbing, mitigating the damage.
The first mouthguard was created in 1890 by London dentist Woolf Krauze to protect the lips of boxers.
The modern model was developed in the 1970s thanks to Canadian pediatric dentist A. W. S. Wood, whose purpose was to prevent damage to the teeth of hockey children.
Now any contact sport you practice but even just in the fight the mouthguard should be an element that you always wear.
Types of mouthguards
There are many types on the market that vary by:
- Single or double arch
- Size and adaptability of the dental arch
Single arched paraders
Among the types of single arched mouthguards on the market you can find products in various standard and unresidable sizes, to thermoplastic materials that are formed by applying them to your dental arch directly after heating them in boiling water, or even to models that are produced directly from the user’s dental cast (today this type has been banned because of materials no longer compliant with the regulations).
There are several types of mouthguards for sporting use:
single arched mouthguards, like the picture below, consist of a single piece, which is applied to the upper arch,
while the double arched mouthguards cover both the upper and lower arches.
The mouthguards also vary for materials: There are mouthguards in:
- EVA (Etilen Vinil Acetate),
- combinations of different materials and density.
Depending on the material of which they are made varies the consistency and consequently the hardness in contact with the mouth and the type of protection for its ability to absorb the blows.
Better dodge them or parry them!
The mouthguards of different materials will be perceived differently in the mouth. A further distinction is between bespoke mouthguardsand standards.
The first are created by dentists following a cast of the mouth but if on the one hand they respect the anatomy of the mouth to 100, on the other hand they are quite expensive but if you have the opportunity not to take care of the price, the dentist after is more expensive than the mouthguard!
Most standard mouthguards on the market are characterized by “boil and bite” technology, also called thermomodeling, once heatedin hot water can be molded (even several times) to customize them and adapt them to any dental arch.
The double arched mouthguards
Which one to choose, a single or double mouthguard?.
Some athletes use double arched mouthguards, as they appreciate their increased protection, while others do not use them as they feel too limited in breathing.
Try them both to find the right combination of comfort and protection.
Do not underestimate the appearance of breathing.
The “problem of wearing the mouthguard
In contact sports and martial arts one of the important things is your breath, your aerobic ability that allows you to stay lucid and have the explosive strength to fight.
Breathless you can’t think and you can’t move which means you become a firm target for your opponent. One of the things that you notice (and whoever tried will agree with my statement) is that even people used to going for a run and having run kilometer or having done aerobics circuits in gyms of fitenss, etc. but during a session at pao or a fight whether it is training or race and guilt is not enough because it is a way of using your breath differently for the dynamics that trigger different, the way you use the body, the shots you receive and also because a lot of the breath used comes from the mouth.
But what’s in your mouth while you’re fighting or sparring?
The mouthguard takes up space and can decrease the passage of air and therefore with less oxygenation that decreases your performance.
This is also why the choice of mouthguard cannot be random and you need to try several to find the optimal one.
Which “size” to choose?
No, I’m sorry but they are in one measure as self-models (you warm them in hot water and then press them hard by putting them between your teeth) and therefore they fit perfectly to all teeth.
One of the things you can do if it’s really uncomfortable with the length and shorten the bottom of the mouthguard a little bit but be careful if you realize it’s not there and that comes out of your mouth but before you do it ask someone experienced if it’s something you’ve never done.
At first if you’re not used to it it’s normal that you feel uncomfortable or that it gives you a bit of a feeling like you put two fingers in your throat to spit it out.
The only models that are produced even in the smallest size are the junior versions for children.
The mouthguard is a fundamental element for safety if you play combat sports, it’s one of those things to spend on because it’s about your personal protection both from an impact point of view from shots and sanitary sanitation.
Do not save on price because there is a big difference between a quality mouthguard and a mouthguard of poor quality in terms of protection and also comfort that is still an aspect that you should not underestimate.
Choose a quality mouthguard!