Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Sportsguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of Sportsguard
Choosing the right sportsguard is important. There are three basic types of sportsguard: the pre-made, the "boil-and-bite" fitted, and a custom-made. When you choose a sportsguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear one. Your dentist can show you how to wear a sportsguard properly and how to choose the right one to protect your smile.
Taking Care of Your Sportsguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of sportsguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old one with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your sportsguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your sportsguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store your sportsguard in a protective case.
- Do not leave your sportsguard in the sun or in hot water; it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your sportsguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace it if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer with your sportsguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a sportsguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your sportsguard.
- Bring your sportsguard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it's still in good shape.
Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist about sportsguard at your next dental checkup - GO TEAM!