Spring and the beginning of new sports seasons often brings a flood of patients to doctor’s offices and emergency rooms suffering with sports related head, mouth and facial injuries. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, many of these injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouthguards.
The California Dental Association, reports that the simple safety measure of a mouthguard already prevents more than 200,000 oral injuries among athletes each year.
Not all mouthguards are created equal. They vary in fit, protection, ease of maintenance and longevity depending on the design and materials used. For a mouthguard to be most effective, it is essential that it fits properly and stays in place during vigorous activity and the various positions the sport requires.
Custom-made mouthguards offer the best possible fit and protection and are the most comfortable. For a custom mouthguard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and mold a new mouthguard especially for you. Dr. Nolan Jangaard, a highly-rated Irvine dentist, at Caring Family Dentistry Irvine can determine what appliances (braces, retainers, bridgework, dentures) would be affected by wearing a mouthguard and select the right type of mouthguard for you or your child.
Benefits of Mouthguard
There are numerous reasons for wearing dental mouthguards. They are generally designed and used to protect or cushion the teeth and gums from injury and trauma.
- Protection for the lips, mouth and chin while playing high-impact sports
- Prevent damage to the teeth due to teeth-grinding or bruxism while sleeping
- Function as barrier between the lips and metal braces
- Protects bridgework
Caring for Your Mouthguard
To get the most of your mouthguard, wash it in cool soapy water and rinse it off well before and after each time you use it. For even better protection against germ build up, brush the guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste before and after every use. Be careful not to chew on the mouth guard or wear them with removable retainers. Be sure to replace your mouth guard when it shows signs of wear and tear to give your mouth the best protection. When not in use, the American Dental Association recommends keeping your mouthguard protected in a sturdy container.
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