Sports are so much fun to play; every time you walk off the field or the court, you miss it and you’re looking forward to the next time. But sports can also be dangerous, and dental injuries are common. This is why it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your teeth and mouth; this is why it’s important to always wear a mouth guard. (Use of a mouthguard is recommend by the American Dental Association for all players of the following sports: basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.)
What type of mouthguard is right for you?
There are three basic types of mouthguard; equally important as wearing a mouthguard at all is to wear one that is well fitted for your mouth, tear resistant, and easy to keep clean. When choosing a mouthguard, you’ll also want to make sure you can breathe properly during wear, and play.
Your Dulles pediatric dentist can advise you on finding the right mouthguard; how to wear, and care for it properly; and the ways in which you can best protect your smile while playing the sport you love.
Just like your retainer, Invisalign aligners, or any other special dental appliance, it’s quite necessary that you do what it takes to keep your mouthguard in tip top shape, including knowing when it need to be replaced.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water, as it may melt or become deformed.
- Your mouthguard should be replaced at the beginning of each new season, or when you notice it has become worn and doesn’t fit quite right.
- It is not advisable to wear your retainer and your mouthguard at the same time. If you have braces, initiate a conversation with Dr. Bhatti and her team, and we’ll be happy to help design a mouthguard that will protect your teeth and your braces too.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard.
And one last thing: Remember to bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape. It’s our goal here at Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun to help minimize your chances of sports related injury; we’ll do our part if you’ll do yours: Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.