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Sports Guards

Close up of a hand holding a sports guard against a black background.Athletes wear sports mouthguards to protect their teeth from injuries while playing. Other than teeth, sports mouthguards protect the athletes' cheeks, tongue, gums, and tongue just in case an accident happens while playing. Boxers initially used them, but their popularity has spread to other sports. The most prevalent forms of sports mouthguards are custom-fit and over-the-counter mouthguards. Custom-fitted mouthguards offer better tooth protection than over-the-counter mouthguards because they fit appropriately on your teeth. A sports mouthguard should be easy to clean, comfortable, and tear resistant. Also, it should not interfere with the way you speak or breathe. Lombard Smiles will recommend the best mouthguard for you.

Who Requires a Sports Mouth Guard?

Accidents happen, regardless of how cautious you are; preventing them is better than treating them. Thus, if you are a youngster or an adult and participate in different sports, you need a more durable mouthguard to protect your teeth and mouth from injury. A mouthguard can help you prevent nerve irritation, teeth loss, and broken or chipped teeth.

You should wear a mouthguard if you are a participant in contact sports like lacrosse, soccer, boxing, baseball, basketball, and hockey. In addition, whether you or your child take part in recreational activities such as mountain biking, skateboarding, gymnastics, or any other physical activity that could result in a mouth injury, you should wear a sports mouthguard to safeguard your mouth from falling injuries.

Maintaining Your Mouthguard

Maintaining your sports mouthguard is crucial since it will improve its capacity to safeguard you and increase its lifespan. Brush your teeth before wearing your mouthguard as your mouth has numerous bacteria. Before and after usage, rinse your mouthguard with cold water. While cleaning your guard, gently scrub it with a toothbrush and mild soap.

Once you are through with cleaning it, allow the mouthguard to air dry. To maintain its shape, do not expose it to extreme temperatures such as hot water, direct sunshine, hot surfaces, or any other severe heat. Keep your mouthguard in a robust, ventilated plastic case when traveling or not using it.

In addition, do not keep your mouthguard where pets can reach, and make sure you check it for general wear and tear. Make sure you replace your mouthguard once it gets loose, uncomfortable, or has tears or holes. Please take it to your dentist for regular examinations. Over-the-counter mouthguards do not last for an extended period. On the other hand, custom-fitted mouthguards can last for years if properly cared for.

How Often Should You Replace Your Sports Mouthguard

Although various sports mouthguards are hard-wearing and last for a prolonged period, replacing them is essential after every season. At the start of the new sports season, make sure you have a fresh mouthguard. Change your children's mouthguards more often as their mouths and teeth grow. Visit Lombard Smiles to acquire an appropriate mouthguard for you and your child. Call us today at (503) 206-0550 for more inquiries.
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