If you're the parent of a young child who plays any kind of contact sport after school or on the weekends, you'll definitely want to make sure that you invest in a mouth guard to protect his or her smile! This simple tip applies to adults, as well. If you're a weekend warrior and love to run, bike, ski or climb, a sports guard is a fairly inexpensive investment that you can make to protect your teeth whenever they might be in jeopardy.
Finding the Perfect FitDental assistants are often the first people you might see in a dental office who can suggest the type of athletic mouth guard you might need. This decision depends on the type of sport in which you or a member of your family participates. There are many kinds, but the most common ones are:
- A ready-made, one-size-fits-all guard
- A "boil-and-bite" guard
- A custom-made guard prescribed by a dentist.
Proper Use And CareA guard that fits properly should not:
- Restrict your breathing
- Move around in your mouth
- Be so uncomfortable that it prevents you from excelling in the sport in which you participate.
- Always washing your hands before inserting or removing it
- Once it is removed, rinsing in warm (not hot water) or even rinsing it off with some mouth wash
- Storing the guard in a container so it retains its shape and lessens the chance of bacteria. (Hint: throwing it in a sports bag is not a good idea.)