The Benefits of Mouthguards: Protecting Your Teeth and Gums

The Benefits of Mouthguards: Protecting Your Teeth and Gums

Posted by Al Ahmad on May 25 2023, 08:12 AM

When it comes to sports and physical activities, the last thing on your mind might be protecting your teeth and gums. But did you know that wearing a mouthguard can not only prevent serious dental injuries but also improve your athletic performance? Whether you're an amateur or professional athlete, a mouthguard is a small investment with big benefits. 

What are Mouthguards?

Mouthguards are protective devices that cover the teeth and gums. They are used to prevent injury to the teeth, gums, and jaw during contact sports. Mouthguards can also be used to treat bruxism (teeth grinding).

Mouthguards are made from a variety of materials, including rubber, plastic, or silicone. They come in different sizes and thicknesses to fit different mouths. Mouthguards should be comfortable to wear and should not interfere with breathing or speaking.

Types of Mouthguards

There are three main types of mouthguards:

Stock mouthguards: These are ready-made and can be bought from most sporting goods stores. They are inexpensive but may not fit well and can be uncomfortable to wear.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards: These are made from soft plastic that is heated in water and then molded to the shape of your teeth. They provide a better fit than stock mouthguards but may still be uncomfortable to wear.

Custom-fitted mouthguards: These are made by a dentist from an impression of your teeth. They provide the best fit and comfort but are more expensive than other types of mouthguards.

Why Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are an important piece of equipment for anyone who plays sports. They help to protect your teeth and gums from injury, and can also help to reduce the risk of concussion.

There are a few different types of mouthguards available on the market, but it is important to choose one that is comfortable and fits well. You should also make sure that the mouthguard you choose is appropriate for the sport you are playing.

If you wear braces or have any other dental appliances, it is important to consult with your dentist before choosing a mouthguard. They will be able to advise you on the best type of mouthguard for your individual needs.

Wearing a mouthguard is not just about protecting your teeth and gums; it can also help to improve your performance in sports. They can help to increase airflow to the lungs and improve communication between teammates.

Proper Care and Maintenance of Your Mouthguard

Here are some tips for proper care and maintenance:

  • Rinse your mouthguard with cold water before and after each use.
  • Brush your teeth before inserting your mouthguard.
  • Clean your mouthguard regularly with a toothbrush and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Store your mouthguard in a cool, dry place when not in use.
  • Do not expose your mouthguard to extreme temperatures, as this can cause it to warp.

Get in touch with Dental Aesthetic at 10220 W Bell Rd Suite 104, Sun City, AZ 85351, or call 623-300-5432 to schedule an appointment.

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