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What would it be like if you suddenly found yourself missing a few teeth? Did you know that if you play sports, this is a real possibility? To help you keep your smile safe, we recommend wearing a mouthguard when you play any sport. Please don’t misunderstand; this includes contact sports like hockey and football, but also sports such as basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics.

You probably know that there are mouthguards you can buy at the store. You may have heard that your dentist can also create a custom mouthguard for you. But, is one better than the other?

Unfortunately, not all mouthguards are created equal. Stock mouthguards tend to be too heavy and bulky and can make it difficult to breathe or speak. Boil and bite mouthguards usually fit better because they are softened, then bit into. This means they will at least have a shape similar to your smile. Still, the fit will not be perfect and they are made of lower-quality material than what a dentist can offer.

While you will need to visit a dentist for a custom mouthguard, they are specifically designed to fit your smile. This will make breathing easier and wearing your mouthguard more comfortable. Custom mouthguards will also absorb impact more effectively and prevent damage to your teeth or head. Similarly, because custom mouthguards distribute impact properly, you will be less likely to suffer from fractures and concussions.

It is also important to care for your mouthguard properly, regardless of the type you choose. We recommend replacing your mouthguard when it becomes worn and that you not leave the mouthguard in hot water or in the sun. Also, remember that it’s important to clean your mouthguard out often. In fact, you should clean it out every time you go to put it in and every time you take it out.  The easiest way to do this is simply with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to call us! We are excited to hear from you.