Mouth Guards help protect your teeth, lips and mouth during any form of physical activity.
Mouth guards can help limit the risk of injuries to your lips, tongue, and the soft tissues found in your mouth and prevent you from chipping or breaking your teeth. It can also keep you from damaging the nerve of your tooth or losing a tooth while engaged in physical activity.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards can be used by both children and adults who play sports that can potentially cause injury and trauma to their teeth, mouth and gums. Mouth guards can also be used by adults and children who grind their teeth at night while sleeping to prevent tooth damage.
Can I Wear a Mouth Guard if I Wear Braces?
A properly fitted, specially made, mouth guard can be worn by patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, since an injury to the face could damage orthodontic appliances.
Caring for your Mouth Guard
- Make sure you rinse your mouth guard with cold water.
- Before and after each use of the mouth guard, you can use a mouth rinse to get rid of the bacteria and saliva that has accumulated onto it.
- You can also clean it with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
- Occasionally, your mouth guard can be cleaned in cool, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly.
- When not in use, place your mouth guard in a clean and firm, container with tiny holes to store. This helps with air circulation and prevents the mouth guard from getting damaged.
- Do not leave your mouth guard in areas associated with high temperatures, such as, hot water, hot surfaces, or direct sunlight. This could affect the shape of the mouth guard.
- Your mouth guard will need replacing if you find holes or tears on it or if it becomes too loose and causes discomfort.
Your mouth guard must be brought to your dental visits for the dentist to examine it.