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With the school years comes the different sports seasons, and of your son or daughter participates in a sport, they need to be outfitted with the proper equipment. Some school districts require mouthguards for certain sports such as football. However, if your child is involved in any sport where there is a chance of an impact to their mouth, they should have a mouthguard, especially if they wear braces. A mouthguard will not only protect a person’s teeth during an impact but their dental work as well.
Although mouthguards are available in sporting goods or retail stores, the best type of mouthguard is the one that is made in a dentist’s office. To create a custom mouthguard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to craft a guard suited to your unique bite.
Keeping a mouthguard clean is of the utmost importance. You should brush and rinse your teeth and your mouthguard before and after each use. This will help keep bacteria from your mouth and the container from cross contaminating one another. When you aren’t wearing your mouthguard, it should be kept in a clean, vented container where the air can get to it and keep it dry. If your mouthguard is allowed to remain wet, it will provide a home for bacteria. While you are wearing it, resist the temptation to chew on it. Chewing on your mouthguard will create holes and cracks that will provide places for bacteria to breed. Mouthguards that have become cracked and pitted should be replaced, and it is a good idea to have a new mouthguard made for the start of each sports season.
If you or your son and daughter need a mouthguard for sports or for recreation, our dentist, Dr. Natalya Ramsay will be happy to help. To get started on your new mouthguard, you can call Evans Street Dental Center in McMinnville, Oregon at 503-472-1402. We look forward to helping you have a successful and safe sports season.