When it comes to sports equipment, mouth guards are essential. They are made of soft plastic and are closely adapted to fit comfortably over your natural teeth. Athletic mouth guards protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. They also protect you from a certain type of concussion.
A mouth guard should be worn whenever your sport has a risk of falls or head contact with equipment or other players.Hockey, football, boxing, baseball, basketball, soccer, skateboarding and gymnastics are some of the sports and activities where mouth guards are needed.
A professionally fitted mouth guard will offer the best protection for people of all ages, including those with primary (baby) teeth, as well as secondary (adult) teeth.
When not in use, all mouth guards should be stored in a container to avoid damage. They should be washed after each use, using cold or lukewarm water. Prior to insertion, a mouth guard may be rinsed in mouthwash to freshen the taste. As a general rule, it is recommended that an athletic mouth guard be replaced every two to three years for adults and every season for children. Whatever your age or sport, mouth guards are an important part of sports safety and your exercise routine.
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