Protecting your teeth while playing sports is essential. Injuries to your mouth and jaw are some of the most common concerns of athletes. Mouthguards help protect your smile. If you participate in basketball, hockey, boxing, gymnastics, football, lacrosse, racquetball, martial arts, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, volleyball, surfing, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.


Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.


It is important to take care of your mouthguard by keeping it clean and storing it properly. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:

  • Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a soft-bristle toothbrush under lukewarm running tap water.
  • Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
  • Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water; it may melt or become deformed.
  • Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
  • Do not wear a retainer along with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
  • Do not chew on your mouthguard.
  • Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape and clean.

Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist about mouthguards at your next dental checkup – GO, TEAM!