Helmets, eyeglasses, ski masks, sunscreen, and even lip balm are all items we use to protect our faces regularly, especially if you’re an athlete or otherwise out and about regularly. But there’s one thing you might not have thought of that we would like to mention in honor of National Facial Protection Month: mouthguards, which literally form a second layer of protection for your mouth. It’s important to form and use a mouthguard that’s right for you, however, as mouthguards that are uncomfortable or the wrong size could do more harm than good.
Use a Mouthguard that Fits You
Mouthguards are extremely effective in protecting athletes’ teeth during practices and games. The mouthguards can, however, be uncomfortable and possibly even cause a gag reflex upon their use.
That’s why it’s important to form and use a mouthguard properly. Molding it to the structure of your teeth, and perhaps even reducing its size to fit in your mouth, will help make its use more endurable.
To customize a store-purchased mouthguard, drop it into boiling water for about a minute and then place it in your mouth. Bite down gently and use your tongue and thumbs to form it around your teeth. Afterward, take it out and place it in ice water to solidify its shape. You should then be able to use it comfortably and naturally.
Mouthguards are generally more for protecting athletes’ front teeth. Therefore, it’s OK to trim the back a little in case it makes you gag.
All of this sounds like it should be easy, but it can be very difficult to get the mouthguard to mold properly to your teeth, which is essential in protecting them. That’s why many people prefer to have a mouthguard created for them at a local dental office.
Proper Mouthguard Use
- Do not chew on or otherwise alter the mouthguard, as it could change its effectiveness.
- Rinse the mouthguard with cold water before each use, and use toothpaste and a toothbrush or cold, soapy water to clean it after use.
- Store the mouthguard in a proper container.
- Do not share a mouthguard with others.
- Replace it every two to three years, if it gets damaged, or if you experience significant changes to your overall mouth, such as that caused by orthodontic treatment or aging.
Have Fisher Pointe Dental Make a Mouthguard for You
Avoid all the questions and trials and have a dentist mold a mouthguard especially for you. If you are in the Grosse Pointe area and are in need of a mouthguard, contact our dental office. We can be reached through our website or by phone at 313-882-1490. We can teach you the proper ways to use a mouthguard, and make one for you that will fit your lifestyle and your needs.