Go to any sports store and you’re bound to see a wide array of protective mouth guards displayed on a shelf. They come in many colors, shapes, and sizes, but these boil and bite type mouth guards are often bulky and ill fitting, regardless of their newly minted shape. None of these run-of-the-mill mouth guards offer the same protection and performance of custom created protective mouth guards made under the direction of Virginia Beach dentist, Dr. Mary Lewis.
What is an athletic mouthguard?
An alarming 13 to 39 percent of dental injuries are sports related and can largely be avoided. An athletic mouthguard is thin protective layer worn around the teeth to protect the surrounding areas during recreational activity. Research has proven that mouthguards preventing unnecessary injury to the teeth, tongue, cheeks, lips, and jaw. In fact, research has even found that mouthguards even reduce the severity of concussions, proving them to be a vital part of any athletic activity.
What activities could benefit from a custom athletic mouthguard?
When it comes to mouthguards, most people think of contact sports such as football, hockey, or boxing. But you may be surprised to find the variety of activities that benefit from athletic mouthguards. Any activity that puts the participant at risk of dental injury could benefit from protective wear. This includes activities such as bicycling, surfing, gymnastics, and wrestling. Dr. Lewis and the American Dental Association recommend mouthguards to anyone participating in recreational activities.
What types of mouthguards are available?
While generally effective, ready-made and mouth-formed mouthguards found at stores can be bulky and irritating, reducing the wearer’s desire to use the mouthguard. To create custom mouthguards, Dr. Lewis uses impressions of your teeth to provide the most protection with the best fit. The custom fit is comfortable, protective, and practical.
Custom mouthguards are especially ideal for individuals with braces, removable dentures or bridges, a cleft palate, or a protruding jaw.
How do I care for my athletic mouthguard?
Before and after each use, be sure to rinse your mouthguard with mouthwash or cold water. The mouthguard should be cleaned regularly using a mild soap solution and a toothbrush to get rid of any harmful bacteria. After washing, be sure to rinse the mouthguard thoroughly and store it in a firm, perforated case. Due to the nature of mouthguards, they should always be kept safe from high temperatures and direct sunlight.
During wear, avoid chewing on the mouthguard because this can cause the material to break down and decrease the effectiveness. If you notice any tears, holes, or other damage to your mouthguard, replace it immediately. Defects can cause irritation in the gums and soft tissue.
If you are interested in a custom athletic mouthguard in Virginia Beach, look no further than family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mary Lewis. Schedule your consultation at Virginia Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about the incredible benefits of athletic mouthguards. Contact us online or call (757) 631-9200 today.