Athletes gear up for their games wearing proper attire and, depending on their sport, use mouth guards. Mouth guards are soft plastic devices worn to protect the teeth and gums during sports and other recreational activities. A separate device is used to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching.

Mouth guards are worn to prevent oral injuries while participating in contact sports like boxing, basketball, soccer, football and rugby and non-contact activities like gymnastics and skating. The small appliance plays an important role in protecting the athlete from dental injury during the game.

If you love the outdoors and play different sports mentioned earlier, you should wear protection for your mouth too. Whether you’re an amateur or professional player, you need to be protected from a sudden blow or any injury that may arise during the event.

There are three options to choose from: stock mouth protectors (readymade), boil and bite mouth protectors and custom-made mouth protectors.

Among the three, custom-made appliance provides the best fit, comfort and protection.  It’s specially designed by your dentist to match you current needs.

The American Dental Association (ADA) reminds consumers to choose mouthguards with the following features:

–       Should not restrict your breathing or speech

–       Flexible, tear-resistant and comfortable

–       Fits properly, is very durable and easy to clean

Always keep it clean by rinsing it after use. Brush it using a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Store it in a perforated container that allows air circulation and prevents it from getting damages. Avoid placing in areas with high temperatures with direct sunlight. Make sure to check for any tears and holes. Visit your Kennewick dentist for regular checkups and don’t forget to bring it so it can be inspected to make sure that it’s still in good condition.

Dr. Walter Hadley provides information on how you can protect your teeth from sports-related injury. Dial 509-591-0515 to book for an appointment.

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