What Everyone Should Know About Sports And Mouth Guards - 360 Orthodontics

What Everyone Should Know About Sports And Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are some of the most underappreciated ways to protect your teeth during physical activity. Here are a few things that you need to know about this technology:

It’s Not Just For Athletes: Contrary to popular belief, mouth guards are not just for hardcore athletes. If you play a contact sport, or practice boxing and martial arts, you’ll benefit from protecting your teeth with a mouth guard.

There Are Various Types: There are three major types of mouth guards: boil and bite, custom fit, or stock. Boil and bite guards are fairly inexpensive and common. If you aren’t sure about the type of guard you need, you should consult with your dentist or orthodontist.

You’ll Probably Need to Mold Them: Unless you are paying a premium for a custom guard, you’ll need to mold your mouth guard. The molding process will depend on the type of mouth guard. For boil and bite type guards, you will need to soften the mouth guard by boiling it in water. Then, you’ll allow the guard to cool until it is warm and bite down so that the guard will mold to your teeth. With stock type mouth guards, you can run them under warm water before insertion to help them fit better.

Cleanliness Is Key: Your mouth guard needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Your mouth is full of bacteria and so are most athletic institutions. A bacterial infection from a cut in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body, including the brain, and result in potentially life-threatening conditions. For best results get in the habit of cleaning you guard before insertion and after removal. If you use a cleaning case, you’ll also need to clean that case.

You spend a lot of time ensuring that your teeth are healthy, and a mouth guard is just another way to protect your oral health.