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Dental Mouth Guards

Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes.

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Mouth Guards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouth guard.

Types of Mouth Guards

Choosing the right mouth guard is important. There are three basic types of mouth guards: the pre-made mouth guard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouth guard, and a custom-made mouth guard. When you choose a mouth guard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouth guard. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouth guard properly and how to choose the right mouth guard to protect your smile.

Taking Care of Your Mouth Guard


Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouth guard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouth guard with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouth guard clean and working correctly:

  • Gently scrub your mouth guard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Store your mouth guard in a protective case.
  • Do not leave your mouth guard in the sun or in hot water; it may melt or become deformed.
  • Replace your mouth guard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouth guard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
  • Do not wear a retainer with your mouth guard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouth guard to protect your teeth and your braces.
  • Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouth guard.
  • Bring your mouth guard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape.

Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist in Matthews, NC about mouth guards at your next dental checkup – GO TEAM!