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Lombard Sports Mouthguards

Ensuring the protection of your child’s smile during sports activities is crucial as mouth and jaw injuries are common among athletes.

Mouthguards play a vital role in safeguarding teeth and gums from injuries. The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard if your child participates in sports such as 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.

There are three main types of mouthguards to choose from: pre-made mouthguards, “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. It is important to select a mouthguard that is tear-resistant, comfortable, well-fitted to your child’s mouth, easy to clean, and does not hinder proper breathing. If your child wears braces or a retainer, wearing a mouthguard becomes even more crucial. Your dentist can provide guidance on proper usage and help your child select the right mouthguard.

Proper care of the mouthguard is essential, similar to retainers, braces, or other special dental appliances. Here are some simple steps to keep your child’s mouthguard clean and in good condition:

  1. After each use, gently scrub the mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
    Store the mouthguard in a protective case.
  2. Avoid exposing the mouthguard to sunlight or hot water, as it may melt or deform.
  3. Replace the mouthguard at the start of each new sports season. Also, replace it if it becomes worn and no longer fits properly.
  4. Do not wear a retainer while using a mouthguard. If your child wears braces, the dentist will assist in designing a mouthguard that protects both the teeth and braces.
  5. Refrain from chewing on or cutting pieces off the mouthguard.
  6. Bring the mouthguard to each dental checkup so that your child’s dentist can ensure it remains in good condition.

Our aim is to reduce the likelihood of sports-related dental injuries for your child. Remember to discuss mouthguards with your dentist during your child’s next dental checkup.

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