Protect your teeth from injury and impact
If you or your child participate regularly in sports, a mouth guard is a good investment to protect and cushion teeth from potential injury and trauma. Mouthgards help reduce the risk of broken teeth from impact, as well as injury and bruising to your face, tongue, jaw, and lips.
While we typically think of wearing mouthguards for contact sports like hockey and football, any athlete can injure their mouth and teeth. Mouthguards should be an essential piece of equipment for any athlete.
Different types of mouthguards
- Custom: these mouthguards are custom-fitted to your mouth by your dentist, offering the best protection and most comfortable fit
- Boil and Bite: these are the kind of mouthguards you can buy at sporting good stores, and involve softening them in boiling water to help them mold to your teeth a little better
- Stock: inexpensive, pre-formed stock mouthguards are a good budget buy as they’re better than no protection, but they aren’t made to fit your mouth and often make breathing and talking more difficult
When you’re not using your mouthguard, it’s important to care for it properly, especially a custom-fit one. Rinse it before and after you use it with your toothbrush and toothpaste, and then clean it weekly with soap and warm water. Store it in a vented container out of reach of pets, heat, and sun.