Getting the Bite on Mouthguards
If you’re an avid athlete, or the parent of one, you know how important it is to have the right protective gear. An estimated 40% of all sports injuries involve the face, with 13 to 39% of all dental injuries having some connection to athletic activity. That’s why wearing a custom-made mouthguard is so important for anyone who plays sports.
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a special oral appliance designed to fit over teeth. Mouthguards also protect the lips, tongue, face, and jaw. New research even suggests they can reduce the severity of concussions.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three different types of mouthguards: ready-made, mouth-formed, and custom-made. Both ready-made and mouth-formed mouthguards will protect your teeth, but they can be bulky and uncomfortable. The best solution is a custom-made mouthguard from our Bergenfield or Tappan office. A custom-made mouthguard provides a close, comfortable fit. Some can even improve performance by reducing jaw clenching.
Caring for Your Mouthguard
Before using your mouthguard, always check for any damage and rinse it with cold water or mouthwash. Cleaning your mouthguard is also important. Simply use a toothbrush and toothpaste to gently scrub it after use. We also recommend storing your mouthguard in a firm, perforated container and avoid placing it in direct sunlight or high temperatures.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of a custom-made athletic mouthguard? Call Smile More Dentistry. We’re happy to offer custom-made athletic mouthguards to patients from Bergenfield, Tappan, Dumont, New Milford, Teaneck, Cresskill, and Tenafly.
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