Your dentist’s job involves more than just repairing your teeth after their damaged. In fact, we prefer to avoid problems before they can occur. Playing sports or participating in vigorous activities is a great way to get the exercise you need to stay healthy, but it also puts you at risk for mouth injuries. Fortunately, we have a solution that can help you keep your teeth safe while you stay active. Athletic mouth wear is one of our most popular specialities.
Why You Need Athletic Mouthwear
Among researchers and dentists, the need for athletic mouth wear is a known factor in preventing dental injuries. In fact, football players who use sports guards are much less likely to suffer dental trauma than basketball players who don’t. Wearing athletic mouthguards can prevent you from chipping, breaking or otherwise damaging your teeth. When a ball comes toward your face, the sports guard provides a cushion for your teeth and a barrier against outside forces that can cause injury.
Prevents dental injuries such as:
- Chipped tooth
- Broken tooth
- Fractured tooth
What Activities Necessitate Wearing a Sports Guard
Basically, you can benefit from wearing a sports guard during any strenuous activity, including both sports and recreational activities. Athletic mouth wear can make the difference between having strong, healthy teeth and requiring extensive dental work to get your teeth back in good condition. And, if you have a child who plays sports, it’s essential to make sure they wear athletic mouth wear when needed even if their coach doesn’t require it. Here are some of the activities that involve the most risk that can be avoided by wearing a sports guard.
- Mountain climbing
- How Your Dentist Can Help
Your dentist can provide you with a custom-fitted sports guard that is designed to prevent injuries to your mouth while you play or work. The mouth wear stays in place while you need it, and you remove it when your activity is over. To custom-fit the mouth wear, your dentist examines your teeth and makes impressions to send to the lab. At the dental lab, your sports guard is created especially for you.
How to Take Care of Your Sportsguard
After you get your sports guard, you’ll need to take good care of it if you want it to last as long as possible. Transport the mouth wear inside its case and store it there when you aren’t using it. Before you put it in, make sure your teeth are clean by brushing and flossing them. Avoid chewing on your mouthguard. After you use the sports guard, clean it with clear, cool water and gentle soap. Soak the mouth wear in mouthwash if needed to keep it fresh. Do not bend or heat the mouth wear. And, if you feel that the mouth wear needs to be adjusted, go to your dentist rather than trying to fix it yourself.