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Tips for choosing a mouthguard

Did you know the mouth is the most commonly injured area of the body in contact sports? You can easily prevent or minimize the possibility of injury by purchasing a mouthguard.

Did you know the mouth is the most commonly injured area of the body in contact sports? You can easily prevent or minimize the possibility of injury by purchasing a mouthguard.

 

Types of mouthguards:

  • Stock or ready-made mouthguards are the least expensive and can be purchased at most sports stores. These mouthguards are pre-formed, so often they don’t fit well.
  • Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be molded to fit your child’s mouth by boiling them in water and then biting into the warm plastic. They are available at most sporting goods stores.
  • Custom-fitted mouthguards are designed and constructed by your dentist. This type of mouthguard can be more expensive than others, but ensures a perfect fit.

 

Caring for your mouthguard is simple. Just rinse it under cold water after each use and occasionally clean it with soap and cool water. Since mouthguards can tear or wear out, be sure to replace it after each sporting season.

 

Source: Michigan Dental Association

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