Is Your Mouthpiece Making You Sick?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Blogs | 0 comments



Whether your little one is signing up for little league or soccer camp, the season for sports is coming up. April marks National Facial Protection Month, which is a great time to remind children and adults about the importance of being safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and school sports this spring.  There are quite a few items of equipment you’ll need to get, but never forget to protect those teeth! All contact sports require mouthguards, and for good reason. To read some more about why using a mouthpiece is so important, visit “Sports Mouthguards: Necessary Protection for Your Child.” After learning a bit about what type of mouthguard you’d be best off with, you need to ensure that you know the necessary upkeep. Washing your mouthguard is as essential as washing your hands and needs it about as often. The importance of this cleanliness cannot be stressed enough.

Recently, there have been several extreme cases of viral infection stemming from unsanitized mouthguards. The bacteria on your mouthguard is in direct contact to your bloodstream via your gums. This leaves you even further susceptible to extremely dangerous internal infections. According to Thomas Glass, DDS, PHD, “While mouthguards appear solid, they are very porous, like a sponge, and with use, microorganisms invade these porosities…There are warning signs that can alert athletes that he or she may be suffering from a contaminated mouthguard.  Those include difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting.”

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You can protect yourself and your child very easily with these maintenance tips:

  • Never share a mouthguard. Think of it as similar to sharing a toothbrush! Sharing oral appliances with others can expose you to germs and gum diseases, which often shows halitosis.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth and mouthguard before and after wearing it. Practicing good oral health habits will save your teeth in the long run!
  • If using a disposable mouthguards, ensure that you throw them out after the recommended amount of time.
  • Bring a backup mouthguard to games so that you have one in case your primary mouthguard gets dirty.
  • Store your mouthguard in a clean plastic case during half times to minimize handling.

If an athlete ever experiences a mouth injury, even as small as a scrape, the mouth should be sanitized with the necessary antiseptics and mouthwash.
The mouthguard should, then, be replaced immediately. As important as it is to wear your proper gear, make sure your gear isn’t able to hurt you, too.

Wellesley Dental Group has worked with a number of schools around the Metro-west region, providing custom made mouthguards to our young athletes. If your children are involved in any sports this season, it might be a good idea to get custom mouthguards for them, to keep them safe from oral and facial injuries!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


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