There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Some of them happen regularly, and are great for everyone: for example, checkups and cleanings twice a year. Your dentist can also help with “as needed” items to keep your teeth in good shape. If you (or your child) plays contact contact sports, or engages in activities when the mouth could be bumped or injured, talk to your dentist about a custom-fitted or over-the-counter mouthguard.
Mouthguards Are Just for Football, Right?
Actually, mouthguard are appropriate for any sport where there is a possibility of hard contact with the face or jaw. Contact sports like football, basketball, and soccer are obvious occasions to wear a mouthguard. It also makes good sense to wear a mouthguard while skateboarding, riding in BMX races and at any time where a blow to the jaw could occur.
Mouthguards are Just for Kids, Right?
Mouthguards can be custom fitted to any jaw structure. While children are more likely to need a mouthguard for sports, teenagers, young adults and adults also need mouth protection if they play contact sports or have active hobbies. Mouthguards can also be prescribed by your dentist to counteract the dental stress of bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding).
How Do I Care for A Mouthguard?
- Store your mouthguard in its case when it is not in use.
- Rinse it every time after wearing, using soap and water.
- Clean it regularly with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and rinse in soapy water.
- Allow it to air dry (most storage cases have perforations so air can circulate) between use.
- When it begins to show signs of wear (rough patches or pits), or when it no longer fits comfortably, talk to your dentist about replacing it.
We Can Answer Your Mouthguard Questions!
If you have more mouthguard questions, we are here to make sure you get the information you need.
Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.