Mouthguards in Abilene, TX
Wearing a Mouthguard
Injuries involving impact to the mouth and jaw are common in the world of sports. This is why it’s essential for athletes, both amateur and professional to protect this area of their bodies.
Wearing a mouthguard will help protect the teeth and gums as well as give some support to the jaw. No matter the sport you are involved in; hockey, tennis, boxing, football, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts or any other such activity, the American Dental Association recommends you wear a mouthguard.
Are Mouth Guards Really Necessary?
- Athletes are 60 times more likely to have an injury to the teeth without a mouth guard.
- Up to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related
- Sports-related dental emergencies account for up to 600,000 emergency room visits per year.
Clearly, mouth guards are as important a part of sporting equipment as a pair of sneakers and a helmet. So, what type of mouthguard would be best?
Choosing the Right Mouthguard
Different types of mouthguards are available and choosing the right one is essential. You can select either a pre-made mouthguard, a “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard or a custom-fitted mouthguard. No matter which you choose be sure it is resistant to tears, fits well in your mouth and is easily cleaned.
Custom-fitted mouth protectors are designed specifically from an impression of the teeth. Your dentist will make a form, then create the guard from special material. A lot of care and time is put into making the guard, so it is the higher-priced of the options, but it will provide quality comfort and protection. And it will save money in the long term as it will cost less than emergency dental work.
If there are braces or other dental appliances involved, your dentist will know the best way to accommodate them.
A good quality, custom-fit mouthguard should resist tearing, provide a comfortable fit, be durable, be easy to clean, and allow for clear speaking and easy breathing.
Caring for your Mouthguard
You must properly take care of, clean, and store your mouthguard. You should also be aware of when it’s time to replace it with a new one.
Here is some advice for keeping your mouthguard at its best:
- Always store your mouthguard in its protective case
- After each use, gently scrub it with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Do not leave your mouthguard out in the sun (it may melt or lose its shape)
- Do not leave your mouthguard in hot water
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of each season
- Replace it if you notice it has a become worn or no longer fits right
- If you wear braces or a retainer, talk to your dentist about a proper mouthguard
- Do not chew pieces off your mouthguard or rip it in any way
When you come in for your next appointment, bring your mouthguard. We’ll make sure it’s right for you.
To minimize the chances of a sports-related injury, always wear your mouthguard.