If you or your child are involved in sports, now is the time to visit the dentist to get fitted for a custom mouthguard. This piece of hardware is designed to protect your teeth from injury during basketball, soccer, football, hockey, and other athletic activities. The better the quality of your mouthguard and the more consistently you wear it, the less likely you are to end up back at your dentist's office with painful, expensive tooth damage.
Why Should You Wear a Custom Mouthguard?
During sports, injuries to the head, mouth, and face are common. You might fall, collide with other competitors, or be hit with sports equipment. Not only can you experience a direct impact to the teeth, but you may also be hit in such a way that the teeth snap together, misaligning your jaw or damaging your tongue. However, a mouthguard provides cushioning, preventing the teeth from hitting each other and keeping your tongue out from between them. It can also guide your jaw into a more stable position, so it stays correctly aligned.
How Do You Care for a Mouthguard?
Get a high-quality mouthguard from your dentist rather than a one-size-fits-all option or a boil-and-bite guard. Your dentist offers the best fit and the safest, most durable materials. It’s essential to keep the guard clean and dry to avoid bacterial growth. Rinse it off after every use and store it in a ventilated container to allow it to dry out. It should also be cleaned regularly with a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
For a custom sports mouthguard, schedule an appointment with a dentist at Dental Clinic of Onalaska in La Crosse County, WI. Since 1993, Dr. Olsen and his team have offered everything from basic teeth cleaning to advanced treatments like dental implants for patients and families throughout the area. Their community-focused approach has earned them trust and long-lasting relationships with the area's residents. To schedule an appointment, call (608) 783-3341, or visit them online to learn more about their services.