If you participate in organized sports or any other recreational activities, you should be aware of the importance of sportsguards.
If you were to lose your front teeth; everyday things we take for granted like smiling, eating and talking would no longer be easy.
Why you should wear a sportsguard
Sportsguards, also called mouth protectors are vital because they help to cushion a blow to the face. They minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Typically, they cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and the lining of your cheek. Generally, your top teeth take the brunt of trauma because they stick out more. Because they are further back, your bottom teeth are a little more protected.
Types of sportsguards
The best sportsguard is one that has been made specifically for your mouth by us because it guarantees fit and comfort. However, if you can’t afford a custom-made one, you should still wear a stock sportsguard from sports equipment shop or a boil-and-bite sportsguard from the pharmacy;
Sportguards for brace-wearers
A properly fitted sportsguard is especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage your brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A sportsguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your cheeks and gums.
Care and replacement
Talk to us about when is the right time to replace your mouthguard, but, if it begins to show signs of wear, gets damaged or no longer fits comfortably, have it replaced immediately. Teenagers and children may need to replace their sportsguards more often because their mouths are growing and changing every day.
Between games, it’s important to keep your mouthguard clean and dry. Here are some tips for making sure your mouthguard is always ready to go:
- Before and after each use rinse or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Regularly clean it in cool, soapy water remembering to rinse it thoroughly.
- During your regular dental check-ups, bring your sportsguard for evaluation. Your dentist will be able to give it a thorough cleaning.
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- ure to store and transport it in a sturdy container that has vents so it can dry and keep bacteria from growing.
- Never leave it in the sun or in hot water.
- Check fit and for signs of wear and tear to see if it needs replacing.
- Some mouthguards have fallen victim to family pets, who see them as chew toys. Store your mouthguard and case somewhere your pet cannot get to it.
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