When you are playing sports, your focus is on playing hard to win the game, and not usually on protecting your teeth. But If you are playing a contact sport, or a sport that requires a helmet, you should definitely wear a mouthguard in order to prevent a dental emergency.
The best way to keep your teeth safe while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard that fits properly. A good quality mouthguard is molded to fit your mouth and protects not only your teeth from injury, but also your cheeks and gums. If you are hit in the face, the mouthguard will absorb and distribute the force of the impact, so your mouth will endure less injury.
It’s important to take good care of your mouthguard or else it might not work properly. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your mouthguard:
- After using your mouthguard, rinse it with cold water or mouth rinse, and clean it with your toothbrush and toothpaste to remove any bacteria.
- Store your mouthguard in a firm, perforated container to prevent damage and ensure that it will have air circulation.
- Keep your mouthguard away from high temperatures to avoid distorting its shape.
- Occasionally check your mouthguard to see if it has holes or tears in it. If it becomes loose or causes discomfort, you should replace it.
- Bring your mouthguard to each regularly scheduled dental visit to have your dentist exam it to make sure it still fits your mouth properly.
If you would like to learn more about mouthguards, or get yours checked out, contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.