The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation reports that an average of three million teeth are fractured, cracked or knocked out during the course of youth sports. Blows to the face, especially from participation in are one of the most common causes of damage to the mouth. Unfortunately, most of these problems could have been prevented if the youth athlete was wearing a mouth guard.
Your new custom mouth guard is designed to be comfortable and allow for ease of breathing, thus encouraging regular use. With proper care and cleaning the unit can continue to protect your mouth during contact sports for a long time to come.
After a game or practice, you should rinse the mouth guard with lukewarm water. This will help to remove any bacteria. If the mouth guard needs refreshing, you can lightly brush it with nonabrasive toothpaste. Try not to use a brand of toothpaste with abrasives as this can scuff and dull the thermoplastic material.
When you are not wearing the mouth guard you should keep the mouth guard in the case provided. Store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources as this can slightly warp it.
Try to keep an eye out for any wear and tear. If something major happens, you should contact your dentist for advice or bring the unit with you to your next checkup.
If you have any questions about how to maintain your custom mouth guard, please feel free to call us at 208-785-3310 to schedule an appointment.