Do you play a contact sport? Ask your family dentist about getting a mouth guard for the sport you play. For example, a football mouth guard will prevent a chipped tooth the next time you’re tackled on the field.
While generic mouth guards are sold in sporting good stores, they don’t offer the same level of protection or comfort as a custom mouth guard.
A sports mouth guard from our Jenison dentists at McMahon Family Dental will allow you to breathe, speak, and drink properly so you can focus on the game.
Mouth Guards for Braces
You’ll still need to wear a mouth guard during orthodontic treatment. After all the time it took to straighten your smile, the last thing you want is to knock out a tooth while playing football. A mouth guard for braces also prevents wires and brackets from ripping into soft tissue on impact.
It’s important you get a custom mouth guard during orthodontic treatment so your teeth can continue moving into optimal alignment. A generic mouth guard from the sporting goods store can be loose enough to snag on braces or tight enough to stop teeth from moving.
How to Care for Your Mouth Guard
Bacteria and other microorganisms flourish in dark moist environments. Not only could these microorganisms make you sick, but they can also give you bad breath. Get in the habit of cleaning your sports mouth guard after every practice and game so you can maintain good oral health. Simply scrub out the mouth guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste before rinsing under cold water. Store your mouth guard in a dry ventilated container.
Tips for wearing a mouth guard:
- Don’t leave your mouth guard out
in the sun or submerged in hot water.
(Mouth guard may melt or warp.)
- Clean your mouth guard after each use.
- Store your mouth guard in a protective case.
- Replace your mouth guard once it’s worn
or at the beginning of every new sports season.
- Don’t chew your mouth guard.
- Bring your mouth guard to each appointment
so your dentist can check its condition.