Sports are a wonderful activity for people of all ages. However, some sports can pose risks for injuries. To prevent injuries in a collision with other players, you put on the appropriate protective gear. Helmets are frequently used to protect your head from harm. However, even in the event of contact, you may still experience oral trauma. At Raptou Family Dental, we can help you to protect your mouth (or the mouth of your child) with a sports mouthguard.
Protecting Your Whole Mouth
A sports mouthguard is designed to protect your mouth (or your child’s mouth) while you play sports—soccer, football, lacrosse, etc. A proper sports mouthguard performs several essential functions:
Types of Sports Mouthguards
There are three main types of sports mouthguards:
Taking Care of Your Sports Mouthguard
For your mouthguard to protect your mouth, you need to take care of it. Brushing it before and after each use is ideal, but rinsing it off with water will work as well. Periodically, clean it with soap and water.
Your mouthguard should be stored in a protective case when not in use (even if it is sitting on your counter). The case should be vented for airflow, which will help to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Never leave your mouthguard exposed to heat or sunlight for prolonged periods of time. At the first sign of damage, it is time to get your mouthguard replaced. Any damage can decrease its effectiveness.
Benefits of a Sports Mouthguard
Sports mouthguards have numerous benefits:
Protecting your mouth when you play sports is essential for preventing serious damage. Call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449 to learn more.