If you’re a hockey player, don’t forget your mouthguard! That way if you get between the puck and the net, you won’t have to worry about an injury to your teeth.
There are 3 types of mouthguards:
- Ready-made mouthguards: These are found in most sporting goods stores. They’re generic and can’t be adjusted to fit individual mouths. These are bulky but easy to find and affordable.
- “Boil & Bite” mouthguards: Most stores carry these mouthguards, which are pretty inexpensive. Before use, boil the mouthguard in water and shape it to your mouth. They aren’t custom-made.
- Custom-made mouthguards: These mouthguards are made and fitted in the dentist’s office. They are more expensive than mouthguards you can buy at the store, but they fit well and are comfortable.
Any mouthguard should be comfortable and not interfere with your breathing or speech during play. No matter what kind of mouthguard you choose, don’t leave it in the car or on the field. It can get easily damaged in the elements and become misshapen, making it difficult to fit in your mouth. Keep them out of direct sunlight. To clean, wash the mouthguard gently with a mild soap and water.
Store your mouthguard in a ventilated plastic container to allow it to dry. Most of all, wear it! Your teeth will be safe and protected. Learn more about how mouthguards protect your teeth.