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If you or your son or daughter is involved in sports, even if it is not a contact sport, you should consider the purchase of a mouthguard. Even if there is a small chance of a blow to the face, a mouthguard could save your teeth. People who wear braces should consider wearing a mouthguard, and many school systems mandate mouthguards as a part of the equipment for many sports.

There are three types of mouthguards. A stock mouthguard can be purchased in most retail outlets, but offer the least amount of protection. A boil and bite mouthguard is also available in stores and is slightly better than a stock mouthguard. It is placed in boiling water, and when it has cooled, the user bites down on it so the guard will conform to their mouth. A custom mouthguard is made from an impression of your teeth taken by your dentist. It is crafted specifically to fit your bite and offers the best possible protection.

Your should brush and rinse your teeth, and your mouthguard before and after you put it in and take it out. That will prevent the transmission of bacteria between your mouth and the mouthguard. When not in use, your mouthguard should be kept in a clean case that is vented to permit the air to dry your mouth guard.

You should resist the temptation to chew on your mouthguard, since that can create holes and cracks. Bacteria can breed in those places. If your mouthguard becomes cracked and pitted, you should have a new one made, and you should replace your mouthguard at the start of every sports season.

If you are interested in a mouthguard for you or your student athlete, our dentist Dr. Gary H Morikawa is here to fit you or your child with a custom mouthguard. To make an appointment at Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc in Honolulu, Hawaii, call 808-949-8866.