Choosing the Right Mouthguard

Sports related dental injuries ranging from tooth loss to lacerated gums to jaw fractures are common among children and adults and can have long-term consequences. Mouthguards protect against trauma to the teeth, gums, soft tissues and supporting bones.

Mouthguards are necessary in any sport where there might be a strong chance of contact with other participants or hard surfaces and are also a good idea for recreational activities such as skateboarding, in-line skating and cycling.

Types of Mouthguards

Custom-Made

A dentist makes an impression of the patient’s mouth and then creates an exact-fitting mouthguard from a cast model of the teeth impression using vacuum- or pressure-formed thermoplastic material. As they are customized, these mouthguards provide the best fit, protection and comfort; they are also the most durable.

Ready-Made

Made of rubber or polyvinyl, these mouthguards are held in place by clenching teeth together. As a result, they offer the least amount of comfort, protection and durability, and are often bulky and loose

Caring for Mouthguards

  • Rinse a mouthguard under cold water after every use and air dry. Like anything else that goes into the mouth, a mouthguard will attract bacteria and should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Occasionally clean it with an antiseptic mouthwash. You can also clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste or cleaning tablets.
  • Store a mouthguard in a firm, perforated plastic container and away from extreme heat, as heat can distort it.
  • Check a mouthguard regularly for tears or holes (these can irritate the mouth and weaken the mouthguard). If you notice any, replace it immediately.
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