Protect Your Precious Smile with a Mouthguard

Protect Your Precious Smile with a Mouth guardIf you love sports and maintain an active presence on the field, you must be familiar with the importance of safeguarding oneself with protective gear. In any game that involves an impact with other players, wearing a mouthguard is a must.

What Is an Athletic Mouthguard?

An athletic mouthguard is designed to protect teeth from any injury caused by impact to the mouth, head, and face as well as the mouth from any harm that may be caused by one’s teeth. While mouthguards are designed to protect upper teeth, dentists may ask people with braces and dentures to obtain mouthguards for their lower jaw as well. Research shows that athletes that do not wear a mouthguard while playing are 60 times more susceptible to teeth damage. Unfortunately, many athletes either do not understand or undermine the importance of wearing a mouthguard.

What Are the Different Types of Mouthguards Available in the Market Currently?

Currently, three different types of mouthguards are available in the market.

Ready-Made Mouthguards

Though ready-made mouthguards are super affordable, they are also very uncomfortable to wear. These mouthguards come in three sizes-small, medium, and large. Though these mouthguards are not the ideal option, if you are on a strict budget, they may serve the purpose.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards

Boil and bite mouthguards get their name from the process that is used to give them shape. These mouthguards are first heated and then shaped to fit the mouth. Though these types of mouthguards are slightly more expensive than ready-made mouthguards, they are more or less affordable as well as comfortable to wear. Boil and Bite mouthguards are made from either acrylic or thermoplastic material.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

If you are a professional athlete and are looking for something super comfortable that feels natural inside your mouth, custom-made mouthguards are the ideal choice for you. These mouthguards are designed by either dentists or expert lab technicians and fit perfectly into the mouth. Custom-made mouthguards are also ideal for people with braces, dentures, allergies, sinus, or dental problems. An important thing that must be highlighted here is that custom-made mouthguards are expensive and will easily cost you a few hundred dollars.

Handy Tips on How to Clean Your Mouthguard

If you wear a mouthguard, you must take out the time to maintain and clean it. Unclean mouthguards attract bacteria, yeast, fungi, and other microorganisms that can cause respiratory infections and other health-related problems. Thus, make sure to clean your mouthguard as soon as you stop using it. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the mouthguard. Once you are done brushing, rinse it first with soapy water and then with normal water. You can also leave your mouthguard in an antimicrobial solution for a few minutes before cleaning it with normal water. Once properly clean, store the mouthguard in a clean and properly ventilated box. Further, always wash your mouthguard with cold water before putting it on.

Replace Your Mouthguard When It’s Time

Replacing your mouthguard at the right time is essential. Keep checking your mouthguard for any signs of wear and tear. If you notice any cracks, replace your old mouthguard with a new one. While custom-made mouthguards can be repaired for small issues, ready-made mouthguards usually last only a few months and must be retired at the end of the season. For more information about dental health and mouthguards contact Paul Mansky Dental today!  We are located in Troy, Michigan and can be reached at (248) 689-5508 and we hope to hear from you soon!