If you or your child are involved in sports, a mouthguard is a must. Many leagues and school districts make mouthguards a required piece of equipment for sports such as football, hockey, or lacrosse. But the truth is that any sport in which contact to the face can occur needs a mouthguard. This is particularly true for people who wear orthodontics, since a mouthguard will protect your teeth and your dental work. Ideally, you should have a new mouthguard made at the start of every sports season. But if that isn’t feasible, or even if it is, taking care of your mouthguard will make it last.
Keep it clean. Your mouthguard can become a home to bacteria, yeast, and even mold. If you don’t want a mouthful of mold every time you take the field, you should brush your mouthguard using toothpaste and a toothbrush, and then rinse it with soapy water. It’s a good idea to clean it before and after you use it.
You will want to store it properly. That doesn’t mean throwing it in the bottom of your gym bag. It does mean keeping it in a clean, ventilated case when you aren’t wearing it.
Finally, examine your mouthguard periodically to make sure that it is in good shape. You should avoid chewing on it, and you should make sure that it does not become cracked or pitted. Those areas create places for bacteria to breed.
If you need a mouthguard for sports or recreation, our dentist, Dr. Szilard Zombor can provide one for you. If you live in the Lynnwood, Washington area and would like to make an appointment at Concept Dental to be fitted for a custom mouthguard, call 425-697-3907 today, and we can get you ready for your season.