Children, teens and even adults experience thousands of mouth injuries every year while playing sports. No matter what your sport or activity of choice is, and whether it is contact or non-contact, injuries to the face can harm your teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums. Mouthguards should be considered an essential part of yours and your children’s athletic equipment in order to avoid these injuries.
There are three types of mouth guards offering varying levels of comfort and protection.
Stock Mouth Guard: The ready-made or stock mouthguard is inexpensive and can be purchased in any sporting good store. Unfortunately, not much can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, they may make breathing difficult and they offer minimal protection. Because these mouthguards are not custom-fit to your mouth, it may prevent some injuries, but may easily fall out or be dislodged.
Boil and Bite Guards: The boil and bite guards can also be purchased in most sporting good stores. These guards are put in boiling water to be softened and then formed to the mouth. While they do provide a better fit than stock mouth guards, they can also be bulky, and fit and protection are not as good as a custom guard.
Custom Mouth Guard: Custom guards are created from an impression done in your dentist’s office. Custom-made mouthguards are fit to your mouth and are much more comfortable than stock mouthguards. They stay in place better and are often less bulky, making breathing easier and reduces impact injuries. We highly recommend a custom mouth guard for the greatest comfort, fit, and protection of your mouth.
Do you wake up with a sore jaw or a dull headache? You may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. This is a condition is called bruxism and affects about 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association. In addition to the discomfort you may be experiencing, bruxism can cause long-term damage including chipping and cracking of your teeth. One of the most common ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism is by wearing a nightguard. We will create this custom guard from an impression taken of your teeth. This guard will prevent your teeth from grinding together and relieve the strain on your jaw muscles.
Caring For Your Mouthguard
Caring for your mouthguard is important to protecting the mouthguards as well as your oral health. To take the best care of your mouthguard, try these tips.
- Rinse your mouthguard with cold water before using.
- Wash or brush the mouthguard with soap or toothpaste after use.
- Keep mouthguard in a firm, perforated container to provide protection and provide air for circulation.
- Protect from high or low temperatures, direct sunlight, or any other heat source.
- Inspect the mouthguard regularly for general wear and tear.
- Bring your mouthguard to every dental appointment.
If you would like to learn more about how to protect your mouth and teeth with mouth guards, contact us to schedule your appointment.