Whether you’re playing football, basketball, soccer, even dodgeball, keeping your teeth safe should be as important as protecting your head or your knees. To keep those special bones in your mouth from getting injured Schneider Family Dental can provide you with a custom-fabricated mouthguard.
Why get an athletic mouthguard?
Nearly 50 percent of children will have some type of injury to a tooth during childhood. Many of these injuries are due to sport-related incidents. The same injuries occur in adults as well and it can result in pain, time taken away from school or work, along with high treatment costs.
No one would argue that either you or your child should avoid sports and the benefits of physical activity that it offers, but being safe is just as important as being fit. The solution is the use of athletic mouthguards. Endorsed by the ADA, they allow you and your family to enjoy both safety and fun!
What kind should I get?
A mouthguard is simply a small protective device that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards absorb and distributes the force of an impact, helping to protect your teeth from damage. There are different kinds of mouthguards:
- Stock mouthguards can be purchased at any sporting goods store. They’re inexpensive, bulky, and may not always fit well.
- Boil and bite mouthguards are preformed, but they can be customized to your mouth by boiling them. The heat softens the plastic and once you bite down they’re meant to adjust to your teeth.
- Custom-made athletic mouthguards are made by Dr. Matt specifically for you or your child. Not surprisingly this options provides the best fit, comfort, and protection. It’s lightweight and strong and least likely, out of the three, to slip off during activity.
How do I maintain it?
Your athletic mouthguard should be cleaned after each use. If not you run the risk of bacteria spreading across its surface. Once removed clean with cold water, as hot water may deform the material. Finally, brush it with a toothbrush and let it air dry.
Athletic mouthguards eventually wear down over time. Dr. Matt will be able to assess whether or not a replacement is needed.
To find out more about mouthguard options and the best way to protect your teeth while having fun reach out to us today! (614) 889-2211.