Do you or your child need a sports mouthguard? Schedule an appointment at the Frederick Center for Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Sahil Goyal offers sports mouthguards as a general dentistry option for patients who play sports and need to protect their teeth and gums.
Patients need to wear mouthguards for contact sports, which often include football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and more. If you play any sports that require physical contact between players, you need to wear a mouthguard. Learn more about the benefits that a professional mouthguard can offer you or your child below:
Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
A custom-fit mouthguard offers maximum protection while offering more comfort than over-the-counter options. Designed to fit snugly over your teeth, mouthguards also help reduce jaw clenching that typically occurs when wearing a poor-fitting mouthguard.
- Reduce stress and impact on teeth
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fit securely
- Reduce the chance of concussion
- Protect dental work from damage
- Provide a stable result
“Boil and bite” mouthguards found in grocery and drug stores don’t offer a custom professional fit. Over-the-counter mouthguards may fall out or make it difficult to speak. Professional custom-fit mouthguards should fit securely and not restrict speech.
Receiving a Custom Sports Mouthguard
Dr. Goyal creates custom-fit mouthguards for children and adult patients. He takes molds of your or your child’s mouth to create the mouthguard. These dental molds will ensure that the mouthguard fits properly so it is comfortable and does not fall out during sports games. The mouthguard should be cleaned regularly with an antibacterial solution and thoroughly cleaned once a month. Cleaning the mouthguard frequently prevents bacteria from multiplying and keeps the appliance fresh for regular use.
Sports Mouthguard FAQs
How long do mouthguards last?
Although mouthguards can last for three to five years, they should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. After repeated use, the fit of the mouthguard can change. Be sure to keep track of your child’s mouthguard so it may be replaced at the right time.
How do I know if my mouthguard fits properly?
Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth. You should not need to bite or clench the mouthguard. If your mouthguard does not fit properly, it can fall out or restrict your speech, so it is important to make sure that it fits correctly. Please call our Frederick office if you need a new mouthguard.
Can I wear a sports mouthguard to treat bruxism?
If you clench and grind your teeth at night or when stressed, contact our office for a customized night guard. A sports mouthguard cannot be used to treat bruxism as it is meant for sports and is created from a different material.
Is a custom made mouthguard better?
Custom-fitted mouthguards are made of thermoplastic, which is much more durable than typical store bought mouthguards. Also, custom-made mouthguards mold exactly to your mouth, so they are much more likely to fit comfortably, and last longer than other options.
How should a custom mouthguard fit?
If you don’t have to clench your jaw or bite down firmly to keep your guard in place, it’s an excellent fit. Your mouthguard should ideally fit tightly against your top teeth without shifting or requiring you to clench your jaw to hold it together.
Should my mouthguard cover my back teeth?
No part of your teeth should be visible you are wearing your mouthguard. Your mouthguard should cover and protect all portions of your teeth, including the back ones.
Contact our Frederick, MD Dental Office
Schedule a dental exam with Dr. Goyal on our website. You can also call the Frederick Center for Dentistry at 301.264.5680. If you have any questions about mouthguards or any of our other dental services, feel free to ask our dental team, who will be happy to assist you.