Don’t Lose Your Front Teeth!
It’s back to school time! If you or your children participate in any organized sports, you should consider getting a mouthguard. Can you imagine how you would smile, talk or eat if you suddenly lost your front teeth?
Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors or sport mouthguards, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw1. They typically cover the upper teeth since the top teeth take the brunt of trauma. Mouthguards are not the same as nightguards, also known as occlusal or TMJ appliances, that are used to treat clenching or grinding.
Mouthguard use has been shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries2. Mouthguards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth3.
There are over-the-counter mouthguards available, but the best mouthguard is the one that has been custom made and fitted for your mouth by your dentist. If you have fixed bridge work or braces, a properly fitted mouthguard is even more crucial.
When the mouthguard shows sign of wear or becomes ill fitting, it must be replaced. Children and teens will need replacements more often to accommodate their growth.
To properly care for your mouthguard:
Keep it clean and dry between games
Rinse with water before and after each use
Regularly clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents
Keep it away from pets
The entire team at Dr. Rebecca Bae, DDS is excited to meet you in person.
Dr. Rebecca Bae, DDS
1375 State Route 23 South
Butler, NJ 07405