If you or your child play contact sports, you need to wear a sports mouthguard. Sports mouth guards protect teeth from injury and can help prevent restorative dental work in the future.
Benefits of Mouthguards
Wearing a mouthguard during sports offers many benefits. Mouth guards:
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fit securely
- Reduce the chance of concussion
- Protect dental work from damage
- Provide a stable result
“Boil and bite” mouth guards found in stores don’t offer a custom professional fit. Over-the-counter mouth guards may fall out or make it difficult to speak. Professional custom-fit mouth guards should fit securely and not restrict speech. Dentistry of the Queen City in Charlotte, NC offers custom professional sports mouth guards to patients.
Sports Mouthguards: What to Expect
Dr. Reece will work with you and your child to create a custom sports mouthguard. He will take a dental impression, or mold of teeth so that the final product can be crafted. He will make sure the mouthguard is comfortable and easy to use.
You should regularly clean your mouthguard with cool water and mouthwash or soap to make sure bacteria doesn’t multiply. Cool water works well as hot water can warp the plastic. The mouthguard should be stored in a ventilated container so it can dry between uses.
How long do mouth guards last?
Although they can last three to five years, mouth guards should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. General breakdown from repeated use may alter the fit of the mouth guard.
How do I know if my mouth guard fits properly?
Your mouth guard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouth guard. If your mouth guard does not fit properly, it can fall out, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you or your child need a new sports mouth guard? Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 today. Dr. Reece will work with you and your child to find a mouth guard that has the correct fit.