Most people would agree that you should wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports like football or hockey. But what about sports like kayaking, rock climbing or or skateboarding? Many school districts and leagues have made mouthguards a required piece of equipment for some sports, but protecting your teeth should be a priority when you engage in any sport where there is a chance that you could receive a blow to the mouth. This is especially true if you wear braces, since they need to be protected just as much as your teeth.
You have a choice when buying a mouthguard. Stock mouthguards can be purchased in retail and sporting good stores. A stock mouthguard is a one-size-fits-all appliance and offers the minimum protection. A boil-and-bite mouthguard provides slightly better protection. This mouthguard is placed in boiling water. When it is has cooled, you bite down on it, and it conforms to your bite. The type of mouthguard that offers the best protection is the custom mouthguard provided by our dentist, Dr. Laura Miller at Laura Miller DDS. A custom mouthguard is crafted from an impression from your bite.
Once you have your mouthguard, it is important to keep it in good shape. Your should thoroughly rinse and brush your teeth and your mouthguard before and after using it. That will minimize the chances of passing bacteria between your mouth and your mouthguard. You mouthguard should be kept in a clean, vented container that will allow the air to dry your mouthguard.
While you are wearing your mouthguard, do not chew on it, since that can create holes, cracks and fissures that will provide places for bacteria to hide and breed. You should replace a damaged mouthguard, and for the best protection, you should get a new one at the start of every sports season.
If you need a mouthguard, you can make an appointment at Laura Miller DDS in Middletown, Connecticut by calling 860-346-6872. We look forward to seeing your smile!