Over the course of the last decade, mixed martial arts have become extremely common, as more and more people look to try out new ways of keeping fit and active and classes become more widely available. There are any benefits to exercise of all kinds, but there is also a risk of injury when participating in mixed martial arts and this is why it is important to follow health and safety guidelines, play by the rules and wear the appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
Dental injuries and mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts is a contact sport, which combines aspects of many different disciplines, including kick boxing, judo, boxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
Dental injuries may not seem like the most obvious concern when you think about martial arts; however, this form of sport does carry a risk of dental injuries and it is always best to adopt a cautious attitude and wear the appropriate equipment to lower the risk of injuries.
Falling is part and parcel of most martial arts and while the floor is usually padded, there is still a risk of injuries, such as chipped and broken teeth. Physical contact with another individual through boxing, wrestling or kicking, can also carry a risk of injuries to the mouth, as well as the chest, head and lower limbs.
About mouth guards
Mouth guards are recommended for people who participate in a range of sports, from contact team sports and fast-paced activities, to martial arts. The main purpose of a mouth guard is to protect the teeth from damage, whether this may involve impact with a floor or surface or contact with another person or object. Mouth guards help to prevent injuries such as chipped and fractured teeth.
There are various different types of mouth guard on the market, including self-moulded guards and custom-made mouth guards. There are pros and cons of each type of gum shield; the ones you mould yourself are widely available, cheap and very quick and simple, while dentist-made gum shields are more comfortable and more effective, as they fit your mouth perfectly.
Is it worth paying more for a bespoke mouth guard?
If you play sport on a regular basis, most people agree that it is worth investing in a custom-made mouth guard; not only will this provide a better level of protection for your teeth and gums, but it will also fit perfectly, which means that you can focus on the game or match, rather than worrying about how uncomfortable your mouth guard is. Gum shields that you buy from a sports store and mould yourself are cheap and easy, but they don’t match the contours of your mouth very well and they can be rather uncomfortable, especially for people who have a sensitive gag reflex.
When you visit a dentist to get a gum shield, they will simply use dental putty to create a mould of your mouth; this will then be sent off to the laboratory and your mouth guard will be manufactured according to the mould. Once it is ready, you can start wearing it and you should find it a much better fit than mouth guards you have shaped yourself in the past.
Mixed martial arts has many benefits for the body, but there is no escaping the fact that it is a contact sport and there is a risk of injury; wearing a mouth guard is a preventative measure, which could make the difference between keeping or losing your teeth.
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