Why You Should Wear An Athletic MouthGuard

It can be very easy to take advantage of the way your teeth look and function until you are missing some. You may try to cover your smile with your hands or avoid face-to-face conversations. It can even affect your speech by making certain words harder to pronounce. Simply put, you don’t want to lose any teeth, but did you know that if you don’t wear a mouthguard during sporting events you are 60 times more likely to damage your teeth? Those numbers aren’t worth the risk!

You might not realize you are in danger of dental trauma until it’s too late. Whether you play as part of a league or pickup games on the weekend, if you play any of these sports regularly, don’t risk it, you should talk to Dr. McNeely about a mouthguard!

  • Acrobatics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Choosing the best mouthguard

There are typically three kinds of mouthguards to choose from:

  • Ready-made, store bought, or stock mouthguard
  • The form to fit “boil and bite” mouthguard
  • Custom-made mouthguard by a dentist
Every mouthguard will provide varrying degrees of protection, but one that is tailor-made by the dentist for the demands of your specific sport will be the best option. Your mouthguard should be very resilient, comfortable, and tear-resistant. Not only should it fit properly, it should be durable and easy to clean. A properly fitted mouthguard shouldn’t hamper your speech or breathing.

How to care for your mouthguard

You should rinse your mouthguard with cold water or antiseptic mouthwash before and after each use so that it doesn’t become stale. You can also clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste too. To store it, keep it in a firm and perforated container to allow air circulation that permits it to dry properly. Avoid exposure to high temperatures, such as direct sunlight or very hot water, which can cause your mouthguard to warp and distort. Check for tears or holes that can irritate your mouth and lessen the amount of protection. If you have any concerns about the state of your mouthguard, bring it into your next dental appointment and have Dr. McNeely examine it.

In the end, you should always make sure your teeth are protected because you can never predict an accident. Come see Dr. McNeely and get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard you can show off to your friends!

Come see Dr. McNeely for a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard!

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