Playing a sport is a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and spend time with friends who share the same interest. They are also great for people of all ages, from young children to adults. Many types of sports, while fun, can pose a risk for serious injury. Wearing the appropriate protective gear is crucial. Depending upon the sport, this can mean shin guards, elbow and knee pads, and a helmet. While a helmet can protect your head from injuries, your mouth needs its protection to prevent harm to your teeth, your jaw, and your intraoral tissues. At OHIOSmiles, we can help you to protect your mouth during sports with a mouthguard.
What is a Mouthguard?A mouthguard is an oral device that is made to be worn over your teeth while you play any type of sport where there is a risk of injury, including football, lacrosse, martial arts, and wrestling. The job of the mouthguard is to absorb the impact of facial injuries while you play, helping to protect your teeth, your intraoral tissues, and your jawbone.
Types of MouthguardsThere are a few different types of mouthguards available.
Benefits of MouthguardA mouthguard provides you, or your child, with several benefits.
Caring for a MouthguardFor your mouthguard to provide you with optimal protection, it is essential that you take good care of it. Rinse the mouthguard underwater before and after each use. Brush it regularly with toothpaste or clean it with soap and water.
When your mouthguard is not in use, it should be stored in a hard, protective case. The case should have ventilation holes, which will allow airflow to prevent bacteria from building up. Keep the case in a safe location, where small hands or playful pets cannot reach. It is important that you do not expose the mouthguard to high heat or direct sunlight, as these elements can reduce its effectiveness. Regularly inspect the mouthguard for signs of damage. At the first sign, it is time to replace it.
Oral Appliances for BruxismWe can also provide an oral appliance for bruxism. These appliances are made to correct and alleviate the pain in your jaw associated with the condition and TMJ.
If you are interested in learning more about custom fit mouthguards and how they can benefit you, call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today for more information.