Types of mouthguards and tips for their maintenance

In previous posts on the blog of Velez & LozanoWe, your dentist in Murcia, have already explained some of the benefits offered by mouthguards during certain sporting activities, especially those involving group or direct contact.

In fact, dental professionals consider a mouthguard to be a mandatory item of sports equipment for certain physical activities, as it protects especially the front teeth - the most exposed - and, at the same time, reduces the risk of serious injury.

When it comes to children's sports, their use is essential to avoid major problems, as children tend to do sport in a less controlled way, so falls and blows tend to be more frequent during childhood.

That's why, in this new blog entry from the Velez & LozanoWe, your dental clinic in Murcia, specialising in surgery and periodontics, prosthetics and occlusion, paediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, among other personalised treatments, would like to offer some tips on the different types of mouthguards that exist and some advice for their optimal maintenance.

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Generally speaking, there are three types of braces that protect teeth during sports: those that are custom-made by dental professionals, commercial or prefabricated braces and those sold in pharmacies that adapt to the mouth after being boiled in water and bitten.

Undoubtedly, the ones that offer the optimum fit - essential to be comfortable and not to damage our teeth - and superior quality that increases their durability, are the ones that are custom-made.

The advice of your trusted dentist is essential, as he or she will be able to answer certain questions and offer you the best solutions. If we are talking about people who wear braces (on both upper and lower teeth), your dentist will also offer you a tailor-made solution to protect your teeth while doing sport. This is not a minor issue, as a knock or fall could damage the appliance and put the correct alignment of your teeth at risk.

Tips for optimal maintenance
Experts recommend rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth just before and after using your mouthguard. It is also essential to keep the mouthguard clean by washing it frequently with soap and cold water. The mouthguard should be kept in its case and should never be exposed to the sun or washed with water that is too hot.