Mouthguards are coverings worn over your teeth. These guards are worn to protect your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks from injury. Trauma caused by sports can be reduced or even prevented by wearing a mouthguard. Our dentist at Rush Creek Dentistry will always recommend wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports.
Do I Need A Mouthguard?
Your dentist will recommend a mouthguard if you play a contact sport. Sports like football, basketball, and cheer are contact sports. This means that players will come into contact with others during competition, therefore creating a higher opportunity for injury. You will benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard for enjoying any recreational activity that may present a risk of injury to the mouth.
What Is A Mouthguard Made Of?
An effective mouthguard should be durable, you should be able to clean it easily, and should not cause issues with breathing or speech. Generally, your mouthguard will only cover the upper teeth, but if you wear braces your mouthguard can cover the bottom teeth as well. Athletic mouthguards are normally constructed out of laminated thermoplastic, polyurethane, or acrylic.
How Do I Take Care Of My Mouthguard?
Each time you use your mouthguard, before and after, thoroughly rinse it with cold water and clean it using soap and a toothbrush. When it comes to storing and transporting your mouthguard, keep it in a hard perforated container. This type of case permits air circulation, preventing damage to your mouthguard. If your mouthguard is acrylic, refresh it by storing the guard in cool clean water. In order to keep your mouthguard from distorting, protect it from high temperatures by storing it away from direct sunlight, hot water, and hot surfaces. When your mouthguard becomes loose or torn be sure to replace it.
How Can I Get A Mouthguard?
Only dental professionals can provide custom-fitted mouthguards. There are two types of mouthguards available to purchase at the pharmacy, sporting goods store, or online.
Stock mouthguards are ready to wear, this means they are preformed and their fit cannot be adjusted. For this reason, dentists do not recommend stock mouthguards. Stock mouthguards can be bulky while also providing little protection. They also make talking and breathing difficult.
Boil and bite mouth protectors can also be purchased in stores. These mouthguards are made of thermoplastic material which can be manipulated with heat in order to shape them to your bite. Place your boil and bite mouthguard in boiling water to soften the material, then place them in your mouth and bite. The pressure will transform the guard to fit your bite. These may offer a more custom-feeling fit than stock mouth protectors.
What Is The Best Option?
When it comes to mouthguards, allow our dental professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry to provide you with the best care. Our custom-fitted mouthguards are the best option for protecting your teeth from injury. Our mouthguards are made from the most durable materials and are made to fit your smile perfectly. Allow us to be your trusted care provider by calling us now at 682-277-0535.
Rush Creek Dentistry
6401 S Cooper St. Suite 105
Arlington, TX 76001-6752