Keep Your Mouthguard Clean
Sports mouthguard s help prevent oral injuries and concussions.1,2 However, it’s important to take care of them and keep them clean.1 The American Dental Association offered this advice:
Rinse or brush your teeth before and after wearing a mouthguard .
Store the guard in a container that has air vents.
Clean your mouthguard before you store it.
Don’t chew on or cut pieces off of your guard.
Bring your mouthguard when you have a dental checkup.
Check for wear and tear, and replace your mouthguard when necessary.1
By following these tips, your mouth will remain healthy and protected.
1 “Protecting Teeth with Mouthguards.” Journal of the American Dental Association. December 2006, vol. 137, p. 1772. http://www/ada/org/sections/scienceandresearch/pdfs/patient_69.pdf Accessed 2010.
2 “Mouthguards: Frequently Asked Questions.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/2713.aspx?currentTab=2 Accessed 2010.
Beans, Bruce E.
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