Mouthguards can protect more than just teeth. Think about other areas of the mouth: the cheeks, lips and tongue. These soft tissues can be particularly susceptible to a sports-related injury. Wearing a custom-fit mouthguard can significantly protect against common sports-related collisions and impacts on these vulnerable areas. Mouthguards are invaluable in helping protect teeth—but not only from sports injuries. Many individuals with bruxism (teeth grinding) have found that mouthguards not only prevent teeth grinding, but also help them sleep more comfortably.
Find out how you can have a more enjoyable, safe and worry-free physically active experience by getting the most from a customizable mouthguard.
Mouthguards- Multipurpose Protection for Mouth Injuries and More
Many professional and youth-oriented sports require mouthguards for the explicit reason of protecting teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth, including:
- Martial Arts
There are other sports and activities, however, that may not readily come to mind, but would greatly benefit from the use of a mouthguard, including:
- Horseback riding
Are There Different Types of Mouthguards?
Yes! You can pick up an over-the-counter mouthguard at many pharmacies and grocery stores. While these OTC mouthguard options are inexpensive and will offer some protection, they are often uncomfortable, don’t fit properly and can’t accommodate individuals who wear braces.
A better solution: custom-made mouthguards.
At Hospital Dental Group, Dr. Anatoliy Ravin helps children, teens and adults find the perfect customizable mouthguards to fit their specific needs. Whether you or your child participate in sports or experience bruxism and/or sleep apnea, Dr. Ravin will facilitate the construction of a custom-made mouthguard solution.
Get the Most from Your Mouthguard
To ensure that you get the most use and protection from your customizable mouthguard, Dr. Ravin will be sure to provide instructions on how to best care for your mouthguard. This includes:
- Always clean your mouthguard after each use by rinsing it with warm water. At a minimum, alternate rinsing and using toothpaste and your toothbrush to softly brush your mouthguard. It’s also recommended that you give your mouthguard a good rinse prior to use.
- When not in use, store your mouthguard in a safe, clean and dry place. Often, mouthguards will come with a special storage container.
- To maintain the integrity of your customized mouthguard, make sure to keep it out of the sun and away from the heat that may potentially warp or alter the shape of your mouthguard.
Again, whether you or your child are involved in an activity in which collision or impact is involved, a custom-made mouthguard will offer the protection needed to keep teeth, gums, cheeks and the tongue safe from injury. It’s a logical investment in dental health that can potentially save you from a physical and monetary impact.
If you’re ready to get started, contact us now at 860-524-5194 to schedule a visit. One of our friendly, professional and knowledgeable HDG staff members look forward to speaking with you soon!