Athletic Mouthguards - Patient Education
Gordon discusses the popularity, but inadequacy, of 80% of mouthguards and potential for frequent injuries to teeth. The relative costs of various mouth injuries are analyzed. Treatment alternatives are shown comparing 4 types of mouthguards: stock, boil & bite, custom vacuum-made, and custom pressure-made. The dangers and inadequacies of the first 3 are indicated. The custom pressure-made mouthguard is recommended as the best fitting, best protecting, and most economical. Gordon tells patients to consult with their own practitioner about custom mouthguards, emphasizing that the cost is insignificant when compared with the expense and discomfort of an injury.