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Caring for Athletic Mouth Guards

Athletic activity poses a threat to teeth and orthodontic devices, especially in young patients. If you or a member of your family is active in sports, it’s essential to protect against harm with a specially-made sports mouth guard. Mouth guards are often overlooked as a part of sports equipment, but patients who use them are up to sixty times less likely to suffer oral injuries compared to those who don’t.

Sports mouth guards provide lasting protection for your smile when utilized, stored and cared for properly.

It is important to select a mouth guard that is easy to clean, unlikely to tear, comfortable, and does not inhibit speech or breathing in any way.

Here are some tips on taking good care of your mouth guard:     
 

  • Cleaning – Clean the mouth guard before and after every use with a toothbrush and toothpaste. This eliminates existing bacteria and makes the appliance feel clean and fresh.

  • Rinsing – Periodically, the mouth guard needs to be cleaned and rinsed with soap and lukewarm water to thoroughly eliminate any debris.

  • Storage – The best way to protect the mouth guard from harm is to keep it in a firm case when not in use. The case protects your device from being crushed or otherwise broken.

  • Replacement – Mouth guards eventually need to be replaced after wear and tear diminishes its ability to protect teeth. It is important to carefully monitor the condition of the device and ask your dentist about the ideal time to obtain a new appliance.

If you have any questions or concerns about athletic mouth guards, please contact your dentist.

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