Do you or your child play contact sports? You need a well-fitting sports mouthguard.
Dr. Ira Goldberg provides custom sports mouthguards to patients in Succasunna, NJ. It is important to protect the teeth and gums during physical activity as it can reduce your risk of chipped teeth, knocked out teeth, and jaw injury. Custom-fit mouthguards are preferable to over the counter options at sports stores. Especially if you wear braces or any other orthodontic appliance, the customized fit of this general dental option can keep these in place while minimizing the risk of damage.
Benefits of Mouthguards
A secure and well-fitting mouthguard offers an array of benefits to wearers:
- Reduce stress on the neck
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Help minimize the risk of chipped and damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of knocked out teeth
- Allow the wearer to speak clearly
- Reduce the chance of contact sports-related concussions
- Minimize the risk of bruising and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth
Treatment with Mouthguards
Dr. Goldberg will take a dental mold of teeth so that the final product can be crafted. He will make sure the mouthguard is comfortable and easy to use. You should regularly clean your mouthguard with cool water and mouthwash or soap to make sure bacteria don’t multiply. Cool water works well as hot water can warp the plastic. The mouthguard should be stored in a ventilated container so it can dry between uses.
How long do mouth guards last?
Although they can last three to five years, mouth guards should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. A general breakdown from repeated use may alter the fit of the mouth guard.
How do I know if my mouth guard fits properly?
Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouth guard. If your mouth guard does not fit properly, it can fall out, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly.
Request an Appointment
Dr. Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, NJ that offers custom sports mouthguards. Call 973-298-5893 or schedule a consultation online.