At Calapooia Family Dental, our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur, helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. One of the best ways to prevent dental trauma or injury, especially if you play sports, is a mouthguard. Mouthguards have become an important part of sports safety over the last few decades.
Three Types of Mouthguards
Generally speaking, there are three types of mouthguards:
|Stock Guard: A store-bought product is prefabricated and comes preformed. For this reason, they are usually uncomfortable and ineffective, often making breathing and talking difficult.
|Boil and Bite Guard: A store-bought product made from thermoplastic material that, after being briefly boiled, can be shaped around the teeth. Boil and bite guards are slightly more comfortable and protective that stock ones. However, the effectiveness of your appliance depends on how well you mold it around your teeth.
|Custom-Fit Guard: A mouthguard fabricated in a dental laboratory using an impression of your teeth and gums. Custom-fit guards are by far the best option in terms of comfort, protection, and durability.
Why We Suggest a Custom-Fit Mouthguard
Dental injuries are the most common type of facial trauma in sports. While other protective gears, such as helmets, shoulder pads, and even goggles are required for certain activities, mouthguards often are not. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, about 84% of children are not wearing mouthguards while playing organized sports.
We may recommend a mouthguard if you or your child regularly plays football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or basketball. We also suggest guards for other physical activities that put you at risk for facial trauma, such as skateboarding, mountain biking, and even gymnastics.
Children, in particular, have the most to gain from wearing a mouthguard. The chances of a sports-related dental injury are drastically reduced while wearing a guard. This helps protect their teeth and avoid the need for costly restorative procedures. Our goal is to keep your child’s teeth healthy and beautiful for years to come!
Caring for a Mouthguard
Maintaining a mouthguard is simple and straightforward. The following tips can help you or your child make the most of your new oral appliance:
|Rinse the guard with cold water both before and after each use. You can also use mild soap and toothbrush. This helps eliminate bacteria and prevent infections.
|Avoid placing the mouthguard in areas with high temperatures, such as hot surfaces, direct sunlight, and hot water. This can prevent the guard from warping.
|Be sure to store the mouthguard in a firm, protective, and perforated case. The perforation allows for air circulation, which reduces bacteria growth. The case also prevents damage, such as keeping a pet from using it as a chew toy.
|Be sure to check the mouthguard for general wear from time to time. Holes or tears can reduce the effectiveness and comfort of your appliance.
|Be sure to bring the appliance to each appointment with us. This allows us to determine whether or not a replacement is necessary. Most athletes prefer to get a new at the beginning of each season.
Schedule an Appointment
If you or your child need a mouthguard, you have come to the right place! Call (541) 936-9222 to schedule an appointment today!