What is a Mouthguard?A mouthguard is a protective device that is made to be worn in your mouth, specifically over your teeth, while you play sports. It is meant to help protect your teeth and the rest of your mouth from serious injuries while you play your preferred sport. It can help protect many different types of situations, including running into another playing, getting hit with a ball or other piece of equipment, or falling while you play.
Different Types of MouthguardsThere are several different types of mouthguards available. A stock mouthguard is the most affordable option. You can find this mouthguard at just about any sporting goods store. While affordable, it is pre-molded. This means that it may not fit your mouth properly. An improper fit can cause serious issues, including increasing your risk for injuries and interfering with your breathing.
A boil and bite mouthguard is another type of mouthguard that can be found at most sporting goods stores. This type of mouthguard is made from a special material that softens when it is boiled. After it is boiled, you bite into it so the material can form around your teeth.
There is also a custom mouthguard. While this mouthguard costs more than stock or boil and bite mouthguards, it provides the best protection. Custom mouthguards are made from impressions of your mouth, ensuring a proper, comfortable fit. It is also made from the highest quality materials. Custom mouthguards are professionally created.
Taking Care of Your MouthguardMouthguards require proper care for optimal protection. Your mouthguard should be rinsed off with water before and after each use. It should be periodically cleaned as well with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or a mild detergent. When the mouthguard is not in use, it should be stored in a hard, protective case. The case should have vent holes to allow airflow to prevent bacterial growth.
Do not leave it exposed to direct sunlight or high heat, as these elements can cause the mouthguard to warp. Keep your mouthguard out of reach of pets and children. Inspect your mouthguard regularly. At the first sign of any damage, no matter how minor, it is time to replace it.
Benefits of a MouthguardThere are numerous benefits associated with a properly fitting mouthguard. A good mouthguard protects your teeth from physical damage such as chips and cracks. It protects your intraoral tissues from lacerations, which helps to protect your blood vessels, nerves, and salivary system. It protects your jawbone against fractures and reduces your risk for concussion. By protecting your teeth, and the rest of your mouth, you also save money by avoiding the need for expensive dental work.
With a properly fitting mouthguard, you can protect your teeth, your gums, and your jawbone while you enjoy playing the sport you love. For more information, call Harry Albers DDS at (707) 806-0545 today.