With some fall sports returning this season, parents are squaring away cleats, balls, helmets, and protective pads to keep young athletes protected and safe. But as you stock up on gear, don’t forget the importance for certain sports of a secure and good-fitting mouthguard.
Mouthguards are an integral piece of equipment to help soften blows that can cause chipped or broken teeth, cut lips, or even potential jaw fractures. Having a custom-fitted mouthguard from your dentist individually created for the right fit and comfort level is a great way to also protect the soft tissue of your tongue, lips, and cheek lining and be an extra layer of support for your orthodontic appliances.
Caring For Your Mouthguard
There are some basic steps you can take to support the longevity and effectiveness of your mouthguard.
- Keep your mouthguard clean and dry between uses.
- After wearing, make sure to clean your mouthguard by brushing it with toothpaste as you would your teeth.
- Also remember to give it regular, deeper cleanings in cool, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly again before use.
- Make sure to store it out of easy reach in its provided vented container. This not only provides for air circulation and prevents the growth of bacteria but also keeps it safe from curious family pets.
- Make sure not to leave it in the sun or in hot water.
- Let your dentist know of any changes to the fit or wear of your mouthguard.
Remember to bring your mouthguard with you to your regularly scheduled dental check-ups so we can determine if it continues to fit well and is providing the correct level of protection. If you would like to inquire about one for your child or have questions about your own sports mouthguard, please reach out to us at 248-852-3130 and we can answer any questions you may have.