Sports Mouth Guard
Dental mouth guards have long been used to protect the teeth, gums and supporting tissues from damage, injury and trauma. There are two types of sports mouth guards – over the counter and custom. While OTC guards are helpful for occasional use, many dental patients require the benefit of a customized dental mouth guard fitted by a dentist to effectively prevent injury. A Sports Guard can be ordered in a variety of custom colors and styles.
Caring for your new custom mouth guard is simple.
The American Dental Association recommends keeping it protected in a sturdy container in between usage. You should also be careful to clean your mouth guard after use and occasionally soak it in cool, soapy water for thorough sanitation. Custom dental mouth guards are designed for durability, but it is important to check your mouth guard for signs of wear every few months. Mouth guards for children and teens must be replaced frequently to account for growing jaws and changes to the teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Sports Guard?
You absolutely need to be fit for a custom soft bite guard or Sports-guard if you participate in sports or activities that put your oral health at risk. These guidelines also apply to children, who often play sports like football or participate in activities like martial arts, which can cause tooth-related injuries.
There are many reasons why wearing a s guard could be right for you. A few examples include:
- Tooth and lip protection during high-impact sports
- To serve as a barrier between the lips and oral appliances, such as metal braces
What should I expect when my dentist fits me for a mouth guard?
Your visit will consist of taking an impression of your teeth that will be used as a mold for your new mouth guard. Your Sports Guard will be custom made in the laboratory and delivered at your next appointment.
Should I follow any special instructions?
Before you leave your dentist’s office with your new mouth guard, you’ll receive instructions on how and when to wear it. If you participate in high impact sports, you will need to wear your mouth guard during physical activity.