5 Facts about your sports mouth guard
If you are an athlete, you must have heard about the usage of mouth guards. Yes, they are not used in all the sports but they can still protect your teeth, no matter what sport you play.
Mouth guards have been around for decades now, almost as old as boxing and college football. That said, even today, many people are not aware of some of the most fascinating facts about mouth guards.
So, to give you a succinct description of mouth guards, Shawn Javid DDS has prepared this list:
Mouth guards protect your teeth.
Although they are called mouth guards, their key job is to protect your teeth. Mouth guards can be of enormous help if you are playing any high contact sport – boxing, football, hockey and sometimes even baseball, given the fact that you will have a pretty fast ball thrown at you at ballistic speeds.
You can get a mouth guard for braces.
There are people who avoid mouth guards because they have braces or avoid braces because they will be playing some sport and will need to wear mouth guards. These are not mutually exclusive accessories. There are mouth guards available for your braces as well. So now, you can play and yet have your teeth aligned the right way!
You only need a mouth guard for top teeth.
Technically, you only need the top mouth guard. Since it will be coming out of the line of your teeth, the lower teeth will automatically get protected. All the impact that comes on to your mouth guard, will be incident on the top mouth guard and your lower teeth, hence, will be automatically protected.
Clean your mouth guard.
Don’t make the mistake of not cleaning your mouth guard. Mouth guards, like other sport accessories, should be used when required and otherwise stacked only after thorough cleaning.
Replace your mouth guard every 6 months.
Maybe, your college athletic team has different rules, but from the standpoint of hygiene and oral health, you should be changing your mouth guard every six months or so, pretty much the way you change your toothbrush.