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 mouthwear is one of our most popular specialties.
Why You Need Athletic Mouthwear
Among researchers and dentists, the need for athletic mouthwear is a known factor in preventing dental injuries. In fact, football players who use sportsguards 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 sportsguard 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 Sportsguard
Basically, you can benefit from wearing a sportsguard during any strenuous activity including both sports and recreational activities. Athletic mouthwear 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 mouthwear 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 sportsguard.
- Mountain climbing
How Your Dentist Can Help
Your dentist can provide you with a custom-fitted sportsguard that is designed to prevent injuries to your mouth while you play or work. The mouthwear stays in place while you need it, and you remove it when your activity is over. To custom-fit the mouthwear, your dentist examines your teeth and makes impressions to send to the lab. At the dental lab, your sportsguard is created especially for you.
How to Take Care of Your Sportsguard
After you get your sportguard, you’ll need to take good care of it if you want it to last as long as possible. Transport the mouthwear 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 sportsguard, clean it with clear, cool water and gentle soap. Soak the mouthwear in mouthwash if needed to keep it fresh. Do not bend or heat the mouthwear. And, if you feel that the mouthwear needs to be adjusted, go to your dentist rather than trying to fix it yourself.