School is about to start back up, and that means that all our favorite school sport is about to be underway – Football! If your child is signing up for football or another contact sport this school year, mouthguards are the best way to protect their teeth. And today on Smarter Smiles with HomeTown Dental, we’re going to be covering mouthguards from the types of mouthguards to mouthguard care and more!
Even if you’ve never dealt with mouthguards before, you can probably guess what they’re for just by their name alone. Mouthguards should be and are used by athletes of all ages. Mouthguards help to cushion the blow an athlete might take to the face during a sporting event, and it helps specifically to protect from teeth being cracked, chipped or damaged in any other way. Generally, mouthguards only cover your top teeth because they stick out more and will take the brunt of the trauma.
Type of Mouthguards
When it comes to the types of mouthguards, there are three main types. These include:
- Custom-made: These are the best for protecting your child’s dental health because they are custom made to fit their mouth specifically for ideal fit and comfort.
- Boil and Bite: These can be bought and many sporting goods stores and are a great option for someone who doesn’t want to spend the money on a custom-made mouthguard. HomeTown Dental recommends CustMbite MVP because it has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
- Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed. While they may seem like a good option, they often don’t fit well and can cause discomfort to your child.
Because your child’s mouth is still changing and growing, don’t be surprised if you have to replace a mouthguard midseason. You should replace it immediately if it shows signs of wear or is ill fitting. Here are some tips for mouthguard care:
- Between games, make sure the mouthguard is clean and dry.
- Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents so it can safely dry.
- Never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water.
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