Basic Information About Sports Mouth Guards

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Do I need a sports mouth guard?
For those who play sports, mouth guards are often recommended. A mouth guard can be beneficial while playing any sport but are especially important for contact sports like football, boxing, and hockey. A mouth guard can help protect the teeth, jaws, and soft tissues from injury during sport.

How does it work?
Sports mouth guards are designed to absorb the force of impacts to the mouth area. This blocks the force from reaching the teeth. Mouth guards are formed from resilient, yet forgiving plastic. They usually cove the upper teeth but are designed in such a way to protect the mouth, gums, and jaw as well.

How do I take care of my mouth guard?
Dr. Marla Wilson and our team stress the importance of cleaning your sports mouth guard. After use, gently brush your mouth guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Be sure to store your mouth guard in its protective case. To keep your mouth guard from melting or losing its proper shape, keep it out of the sun or hot water.

When should I replace my mouth guard?
When your sports mouth guard begins to show signs of wear or roughness, it is time to replace it. A mouth guard that no longer fits properly also needs to be replaced.

If you would like more information about wearing a mouth guard in Indianapolis, Indiana, and to set up your next appointment with our dentist at Premier Dental Care, call 317-787-6625 today.