Do you play a contact sport? If so, you’ll want to ask your dentist about getting a custom mouth guard.
A mouth guard protects your teeth and gums from being damaged while playing contact sports. Don’t let your season get interrupted with a visit to your emergency dentist.
The best way to protect your smile is to invest in a comfortable mouth guard so you can play your best game. Continue reading to learn the 7 facts about your sports mouth guard your dentist wants you to know.
Why Sports Mouth Guards?
1.) Mouth guards protect your teeth
A sports mouth guard forms a protective layer over upper teeth, reducing your risk of injury. For example, a football mouth guard prevents teeth from being knocked out the next time you’re tackled on the field. Likewise, a basketball mouth guard can protect your teeth if another player shoots out their arm to collect a rebound and hits you in the mouth.
2.) You only need a mouth guard for top teeth
Unless you have braces, you’ll only need a mouth guard for top teeth. Not only does this help you breathe easier during the game, but it’ll also make for a more comfortable fit.
3.) Replace your mouth guard every 6 months
Over time, your dental mouth guard will show signs of wear and tear. When the material is no longer thick enough to be considered protective, you’ll need to get a new mouth guard. We recommending replacing your dental guard every 6 months to make sure your teeth always have the best protection.
4.) Clean 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 mouth guard after every practice and game so you can maintain good oral health. Simply scrub out the mouth guard with a toothbrush and rinse under cold water before storing it in a dry ventilated container.
5.) You can get a mouth guard for braces
You’ll still need to wear aduring 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 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.
6.) Avoid stock mouth guards
Stock mouth guards don’t offer the same level of protection as one custom made by your dentist. If you plan on playing a contact sport for an entire season, it’s well worth the investment to get a custom mouth guard.
When you practice a contact sport for several hours a day there are many opportunities for dental trauma. Unfortunately, the stock mouth guards you find at the sporting goods store aren’t customized to your bite and may fit too tightly or loosely. When a mouth guard doesn’t fit right, it offers less protection and feels uncomfortable.
7.) Mouth guards cost less than restorative dentistry
Getting a sports mouth guard not only protects your oral health, but your wallet. A tooth restoration (like an implant or crown) is much more expensive than a sports mouth guard. We also don’t recommend trying to cut corners with a stock mouth guard from your local sporting goods store. While a generic mouth guard costs less than one from your dentist, they also don’t offer the same level of protection.
Dr. David C. Oswald DDS will be able to create the best mouth guard for your smile and the sport you play. To schedule an appointment with our Holland dentist, call David Oswald DDS at (616) 392-2587.