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Facts about Sports Mouth Guards

Facts about Sports Mouth Guards

If you have played contact sports, you might be aware of the sports mouth guards and how essential they are for your dental protection. Some people still suffer injury as the mouth guards don’t fit properly or get worn out over time.

Here’s a Look at Some Facts about Mouth Guards:

1. Sports Mouth Guards Protect Your Teeth

When playing contact sports such as hockey or football, there is a risk of dental injuries. Mouth guards are a protective layer so that your teeth don’t get injured even when the ball hits the face. It is recommended to invest in a mouth guard that fits properly.

2. You Only Need a Mouth Guard for the Top Teeth

This might come as a surprise to you if you are wearing a mouth guard for the first time,but you need only wear it for your top teeth. The only exception to this rule is when you wear fixed dental appliances or braces on the lower teeth.

3. You Need to Replace Mouth Guards Every Six Months

The need to replace the Mouth guards need to be replaced every six months as it gets worn over a period of time. Wearing an old and worn mouth guard won’t be able to offer any protection to the mouth or teeth from strong hits or blows.

4. Mouth Guards Need to be Washed After Every Use

You need to clean the mouth guard after every use as there are several bacteria in the nooks and crannies of the mouth guard. Scrub the mouth guard with a toothbrush and rinse. Store it in a dry container with proper ventilation.

5. You Can Still Wear a Mouth Guard with braces

You can wear a mouth guard with braces; you would just need to ask the dentist for a pressure laminated mouth guard to prevent dental injuries.

6. Stock Mouth Guards aren’t Good for Long-Time Use

The stock mouth guards are not customized as per your bite so it is better to get a custom mouth guard if you play contact sports quite frequently.

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Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
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