Anyone who plays contact sports needs to wear a sports mouthguard. Contact sports can include lacrosse, soccer, basketball, hockey, football, and any sport that requires contact between players. Sports mouthguards protect teeth from injury and can prevent teeth from requiring future cosmetic and restorative care. Dr. Paul Karpovich provides custom sports mouthguards as a general dental treatment to patients in the Hunt Valley, Timonium, and Towson areas.
Custom Mouthguards in Timonium, MD
To begin treatment, Dr. Karpovich will make dental impressions for custom treatment and ease of use. The mouthguard should fit securely on your teeth. Ill-fitting mouthguards can cause irritation or fall out during games, so it is important that they fit correctly. We work with U.S. laboratories that fabricate our mouthguards. Specialized dental technicians help us provide mouthguards as well as other cosmetic or restorative materials for our patients.
To care for your mouthguard, clean it with cool water and mouthwash or soap. Regular cleaning ensures that bacteria do not grow on the mouthguard, which can cause bad breath or infection. Use cool water to rinse the mouthguard because hot water can warp the plastic. Finally, store the mouthguard in its ventilated container to dry between uses.
Sports mouthguards can be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly, but they can last up to 5 years. If you are getting a sports mouthguard for your child, it may be replaced more often as the teeth grow.
Benefits of Professional Sports Mouthguards
Wearing a mouthguard during sports offers many dental benefits. Our professional mouthguards:
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fit securely in the mouth
- Protect dental work from damage
- Provide a stable result
Store-bought mouthguards are not custom-fit so they may fall out or make it difficult to speak. Some patients find themselves clenching their teeth to keep store-bought mouthguards in place. Our patients should not need to focus on their mouthguard while they’re in a game. Professional custom-fit mouthguards should fit securely and not restrict speech.
Schedule a Consultation for Mouthguards with Dr. Karpovich
Do you or your child require a sports mouthguard? Call our office at (410) 221-3085 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Karpovich on our website today.