Do you or your child play sports? It is important that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth lips, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth from injury. A mouth guard can also help the wearer avoid chipped or broken teeth or tooth loss. Mouth guards are especially important during contact sports like football and soccer. However, even those who play noncontact sports like gymnastics can benefit from wearing a mouth guard.
Types of Mouth Guards
The most effective mouth guard is one that has been custom made for you by your dentist. These mouth guards offer the best protection and fit. Another type of mouth guard is the stock mouth guard. These come pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they don’t fit as well as custom-made mouth guards. Boil and bite mouth guards can be bought at most sporting goods stores. The mouth guard is softened in hot water and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth.
Braces and Mouth Guards
As injury to the mouth can damage braces or other fixed appliances, it is especially important for those who wear braces to wear protective mouth guards during sports. Your dentist or orthodontist will provide you with a custom-fitted mouth guard that will meet your needs.
Taking Care of Your Mouth Guard
Before and after each use, rinse your mouth guard with cold water or mouthwash. You may also clean it with mild soap and a toothbrush. To protect your mouth guard from distorting, keep it away from hot temperatures like hot water, hot surfaces, and direct sunlight. Check your mouth guard for wear and tear occasionally. Replace your mouth guard if you find holes or tears in it, or if it becomes uncomfortable or loose. Bring your mouth guard to your regular dental checkups to have our dentist examine it.
We welcome you to contact our office today for more information about mouth guards and to schedule a visit with our dentist.