Guard the Goal – Guard Your Teeth!

Spring has finally set in here in North Georgia. For many of us, this means runny noses, sneezes, and watery eyes due to the explosion of pollen that has shown up everywhere. For others, it means baseball, lacrosse, softball, track, and maybe even football spring training. When you – or your kids – are out there practicing, they probably have knee protectors, padding, and helmets on to protect most of their bodies that would be prone to injury, but there is one major thing missing from this list of equipment – a mouthguard! April is National Facial Protection month which means wearing proper helmets, safety eye wear, and mouthguards for protection while playing your favorite contact sport. Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA wants to emphasize the importance of protecting your teeth!

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Mouthguards come in many options and styles including ready-made, mouth-formed “boil-and-bite”, and custom made mouthguards that are created by a dentist to specifically to fit your mouth. You may want to choose the first two options first, as they are much more economical, then decide if you would like a custom mouthguard fitted by a dentist if they are not comfortable.

Caring for your Mouthguard

Every time you wear your mouthguard it requires proper maintenance to keep it in good shape all season long. Before and after each use, rinse your mouthguard with cold water or an antiseptic mouthwash. You may also want to clean your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. In between uses, store your mouthguard in a hard, perforated container. This will allow air to circulate – preventing bacteria growth and mold – and protect you mouthguard from damage.

Jordan Dentistry wants to see you having fun this spring and summer, and taking care of your teeth both on and off the field. Make sure that a mouthguard is in your equipment list so we can keep your pearly whites shining for years to come! But, we do know a great cosmetic dentist in Cumming, GA, just in case.

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