Protecting smiles: use mouthguard, save teeth


Tips for mouthguard care

• Rinse with cold water or with an antiseptic mouth rinse. One can clean it with toothpaste and a toothbrush, too.
• When not being used, place mouthguard in a firm, perforated container. This permits air circulation and prevents damage.
• Avoid high temperatures, which can distort mouthguards.
• Check for tears, holes and to see whether it has become loose in the mouth. A mouthguard that’s torn or in bad shape can irritate the mouth and lessen the amount of protection.
• Have regular dental checkups and bring the mouthguard along so a dentist can make sure it’s still in good condition.
(Courtesy of the 435th Dental Squadron)

Each year thousands of children and teens get hurt on the playing field, the basketball court, or during other activities like skateboarding and biking.
A properly fitted mouthguard is an important piece of athletic gear that can protect teeth and ensure a good smile.

Generally, a mouthguard covers only the upper teeth. The most effective mouthguard should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should fit properly, be durable and easy to clean, and not restrict your speech or breathing.

Mouth-formed ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards are available from the Ramstein fitness centers, youth centers and the Ramstein Dental Clinic.