Why Do You Need A Mouthguard?

If you play a sport and have braces, it is essential that you wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards help to protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in the following sports or hobbies, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard:
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Track & Field
  • Skateboarding 
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting 
  • Wrestling 

Types Of Mouthguards

There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your orthodontist. When picking a mouthguard, make sure you pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, well-fitted to your mouth, and doesn’t constrict your breathing. 

If you have any questions about what type of mouthguard is best for your individual situation, feel free to give us a call.
Taking Care Of Your Mouthguard
The two most important ways to take care of your mouthguard are storing is properly and keeping it clean. Here are a few tips on up-keeping your mouthguard: 
  • After each use, gently scrub your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Always store your mouthguard in a protective case.
  • Don’t leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, it will melt pretty easily.
  • Make sure you are replacing your mouthguard at the beginning of every sports season. 
  • Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
  • Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard. 
  • Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup. Our team will check on it to make sure it's in good shape!
Some of the most common injuries for athletes are mouth and jaw injuries. Stay protected and make sure you’re always wearing your mouthguard when playing your favorite sport.
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