An orthodontic mouthguard is a thing of beauty… didn’t Shakespeare say that? No? Well maybe after you read this, you’ll be the one saying that.
April Is National Facial Protection Month, Okay, April WAS National Facial Protection Month
Just because April is over, that doesn’t lessen the importance of mouthguard wear. On its website and during a broadcast, WGEM-TV Quincy, IL (4/22, Culver) reported onÂ the importance of wearing a mouthguard. The best mouthguard is the guard that’s in your mouth and will give you the best protection, the orthodontist interviewed said.
Protecting Your Braces
The American Dental Association stresses that a properly fitted mouthguard can be especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances, as well as leading to damage of the teeth, cheeks, and gums. A mouthguard canÂ provide a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries.
You should talk to your orthodontist about selecting a mouthguard that will provide the right protection. Although some mouthguards only cover the upper teeth, your orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouthguard on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth. I provide my patients with a Shock Doctor Double Braces Mouthguard to protect all the teeth undergoing orthodontic care.
Here are some tips from the American Dental Association for making sure your mouthguard is always at its best:
- Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Regularly clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water. Then, rinse it thoroughly.
- Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents so it can dry and keep bacteria from growing.
- Never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water.
For more information from the American Dental Association on the wearing and care of mouthguards, click here.