Spring, summer, fall or winter, whatever the season, participation in many different sporting activities is a healthy part of our active lives. Dental injuries can occur in nearly all sports, causing harm to your teeth and surrounding soft tissues.
A mouth guard is a necessary piece of athletic gear to help protect your smile as well as your child's smile, so we can focus on enjoying the game.
Mouth Guards Can Save Your Smile
Over half of sports players experience some type of mouth injury during their sporting careers. Broken or chipped teeth can be a result of these injuries. This damage may require a filling, a crown or even a root canal in order to save the tooth. In extreme cases, a tooth may even be lost due to injury. Wearing a custom fit mouth guard for protection may prevent these types of injuries.
Types of Mouth Guards
There are a few different kinds of mouth guards you might purchase for you or your child while playing sports.
Your Dental Health Associates of Madison dentist will make impressions of your teeth in order to make a mold of your smile. It is then sent to a professional dental lab that specializes in customized mouth guards. It provides the best fit to protect your smile.
These guards can be found over the counter in many stores. They come as either pre-formed or guards that need to be boiled and inserted to adapt to the shape of your mouth. While effective in the short term, they generally do not withstand the test of time. They can lose their shape and fit over time and will need to be replaced on a frequent basis.
Mouth Guard FAQs
How do I care for my mouth guard at home?
Care for your Mouth Guard
- Never chew on your mouth guard
- Keep your guard in the plastic container provided by your Dental Health Associates team when not in your mouth.
- Don't leave your mouth guard laying out where children or pets might find it. They can easily be damaged by your pets and lost.
Cleaning of your Mouth Guard
- Always brush and floss your teeth before inserting your mouth guard.
- After taking your mouth guard out, be sure to wash it off with lukewarm water and gentle soap or toothpaste.
- You may soak your guard in mouthwash and use a very soft bristled toothbrush to lightly brush off any debris if needed for added freshness and cleanliness.
- Never use extremely hot water for cleaning your guard or leave your mouth guard outside in extreme heat, as heat will distort the material and change the fit of the guard.
- To store, place the guard in the plastic box provided by your Dental Health Associates team.
What if I lose my mouth guard?
If your mouth guard is lost, please contact your Dental Health Associates staff to discuss how a replacement guard can be made.
Will my insurance cover my mouth guard?
Insurance coverage varies greatly for each individual policy. To find out what percentage may be covered by your insurance plan, refer to the information provided to you when you enrolled, or call the 1-800 number on the back of your card to ask a representative. If you need help obtaining this information, a Dental Health Associates front desk staff member would be happy to help you. If you are a DHA patient, our financial coordinators will help you obtain an estimate of coverage if requested.
To schedule an appointment, please call the offices or fill out our online appointment request form.