La Crosse, Wisconsin
1200 Main
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-784-4063

Why Mouth Guards Are Important in Sports November 7, 2018

La Crosse, La Crosse County
Why Mouth Guards Are Important in Sports, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Physical activities, especially team sports, come with the risk of injury, particularly to the face and teeth. As such, using a mouth guard is an important measure for preventive dentistry. Below are a few ways mouth guards protect your teeth and tongue.

Prevent Tooth & Tongue Injuries

When the jaw is forced closed and teeth hit each other, they can chip, crack, or fall out. When you are wearing a properly fitted mouth guard and using it correctly, it keeps your teeth from striking against each other if you are hit in the face. It also stabilizes the teeth against impacts from other objects. Additionally, the protective material makes it hard or impossible to bite down on your tongue. All this adds up to significantly fewer mouth injuries requiring a dentist’s attention.

Getting the Most from Your Mouth Guard

Preventive DentistryThe best mouth guards are made from resilient material and comfortably fit your mouth. Over-the-counter “boil and bite” mouth guards provide some protection, but they are less comfortable and effective than a custom-fitted option created by a preventive dentistry professional. Once you have your mouth guard, it’s important to wear it whenever you play or practice, and to remove any other dental appliances, like retainers, which may interfere with its function. To keep your guard clean between uses, make sure to rinse it every time and to regularly clean it with toothpaste or soapy water. To allow it to dry thoroughly, store it in a ventilated container. This will help keep it from growing bacteria.

 

If you need a mouth guard or other preventive dentistry services, visit Main Street Dental in La Crosse, WI. Serving clients throughout the county for over 30 years, they provide compassionate restorative and preventive dentistry services using cutting-edge techniques, and also offer some cosmetic treatments including teeth whitening. To make an appointment, call (608) 784-4063, and visit their website to learn what to expect during your first appointment.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Main Street Dental
3 Ways Coffee Affects Your Teeth, La Crosse, Wisconsin
For many people, coffee is an important part of their day, and while it seems like a benefit, you may be damaging your teeth. It’s known for causing stains, but that’s not the only p...read more
3 Ways to Alleviate Dry Mouth, La Crosse, Wisconsin
A dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but it also poses a risk to your oral health. Your gums need to stay hydrated throughout the day, and saliva plays an integral role in naturall...read more
4 Oral Health New Year’s Resolutions, La Crosse, Wisconsin
With a new year approaching, consider making some resolutions that will make your dentist proud. From improving your hygiene to treating yourself to cosmetic procedures, there are ma...read more
A Guide to Dental Sealants & How They Benefit Children, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Children love to eat sweets, and even in moderation, they can pose a serious risk to teeth if proper dental care isn’t practiced. Brushing isn’t always easy for younger children as t...read more
4 Steps to Take After Chipping a Tooth , La Crosse, Wisconsin
Whether you have an accident while playing ball or bite into something a little too hard, at some point in your life, you may chip a tooth. Chips vary in severity and may not even be...read more