It seems that a new sports season starts almost before the last one is over. If you or your child is involved in sports or vigorous recreation, you should consider purchasing a mouthguard at the start of every sports season. Many school districts and leagues require mouthguards for certain sports, but in reality, if you play any sport in which there is the risk of an impact to your face or mouth, you should wear a mouthguard.
Stock mouthguards can be purchased at sporting goods and retail stores. You simply take it out of the package and place it in your mouth. This is the least expensive option, but it also provides the least amount of protection. A boil and bite mouthguard is also available in stores. These offer better protection than a stock mouthguard. You place it in boiling water, and when it has cooled, you bite down on it so that it conforms to the shape of your teeth. The best protection available comes from a custom mouthguard, which is made from an impression of your teeth and fits your bite. You should rinse your mouth and your mouthguard before and after you use it, and you should also brush your mouthguard. You should store it in a vented container to allow it to dry thoroughly. Do not chew on it, and if it becomes pitted and cracked, throw it away and get a new one, since bacteria can hide in the damaged places of your mouthguard.
If your child has a sports season that is about to start, talk to our dentist Dr. Allen Daniels about a custom mouthguard. If you live in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Bright Dental, you can call 812-656-8888 to schedule an appointment.