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Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Location Santa Clara, CA

Sports Mouth Guards


Doctor holding Mouth Guard from Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Sports are a wonderful activity for people of all ages. However, some sports can pose risks for injuries. To prevent injuries in a collision with other players, you put on the appropriate protective gear. Helmets are frequently used to protect your head from harm. However, even in the event of contact, you may still experience oral trauma. At Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help you to protect your mouth (or the mouth of your child) with a sports mouth guard.

Protecting Your Whole Mouth


A sports mouth guard is designed to protect your mouth (or your child’s mouth) while you play sports—soccer, football, lacrosse, etc. A proper sports mouth guard performs several essential functions:
•  It should protect your teeth from chips, fractures, or avulsions.
•  It should protect the soft tissues of your mouth from lacerations and other contusions.
•  It should protect your jaw from fracturing or dislocation.

Types of Sports Mouth Guards


There are three main types of sports mouth guards:
•  Stock mouth guards. A stock mouth guard is a pre-molded mouth guard that can be found at just about any sporting goods store. While it is the most inexpensive option, it does have many downsides. The major disadvantage of these mouth guards is that because they are pre-molded, they may not properly fit your teeth. This can increase your risk of experiencing an injury or make it difficult for you to breathe while you play.
•  Boil and bite mouth guards. A boil and bite mouth guard is another mouth guard commonly found in most sporting goods stores. These mouth guards provide a semi-custom fit, which is achieved by softening the mouth guard in boiling water and biting into it.
•  Custom-fit mouth guards. A custom fit mouth guard is one that is custom created in our office from molds of your mouth. While a more expensive option, these types of mouth guards provide the best protection.

Taking Care of Your Sports Mouth Guard


For your mouth guard to protect your mouth, you need to take care of it. Brushing it before and after each use is ideal, but rinsing it off with water will work as well. Periodically, clean it with soap and water.

Your mouth guard should be stored in a protective case when not in use (even if it is sitting on your counter). The case should be vented for airflow, which will help to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Never leave your mouth guard exposed to heat or sunlight for prolonged periods of time. At the first sign of damage, it is time to get your mouth guard replaced. Any damage can decrease its effectiveness.

Benefits of a Sports Mouth Guard


Sports mouth guards have numerous benefits:
•  Your teeth are protected from severe damage.
•  It absorbs impact.
•  It protects your jaw from dislocation and fractures.
•  It can greatly reduce your risk of suffering a concussion.
•  You save potentially thousands of dollars in dental bills.

Protecting your mouth when you play sports is essential for preventing serious damage. Call Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at (408) 248-6777 to learn more.

Location
265 Crestview Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95050-6503

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm

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