Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Athletic Mouthguards to Protect More Than Teeth

Mar 23 2012

Whether you are a weekend warrior or involved in organized sports, consider wearing an athletic mouthguard.   Injuries to the face, mouth, teeth, lips or jaw can be lessened while wearing a mouthguard by cushioning impact.  Participants in contact sports of:  football, hockey, boxing, or lacrosse may be required to wear one during practices or games.  Those playing basketball, baseball, gymnastics, or skateboarding should also consider wearing mouthguards, also to lessen the chance of trauma.  Ideally, it’s better to prevent than treat.

Mouthguards are generally available in three types:  stock mouthguards, boil and bite formed mouthguards, and custom made ones fabricated at  a dental office.  They should be comforable, tear resitant, fit well, durable and easy to clean without restricting speach or breathing.

Care for mouthguards should be easy.  They should be rinsed after each use with toothpaste and toothbrush.  Store mouthguards in a strong container with venting for air to circulate.  Avoid chewing or tearing and check for looseness as this can irritate gum tissue, cheeks and lips.  Of course we would love to see you to ensure that your mouthguard fits properly and to promote good habits.  Starting early with younger athletes will promote and support use later in life.

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