As an athlete, your mouthguard is often a regular part of your equipment. While you might change your cleats as they wear down, how do you know when it is time to replace your mouthguard? While mouthguards are meant to be durable, they do wear down and need replacement. These four signs will help you know when it is time to get a new one.
#1 A Loose Mouthguard Needs Replacing
A mouthguard is meant to fit snug over your upper teeth, without needing to be held in place by biting down or using your tongue. Unfortunately, this improper fit is common with stock and boil and bite varieties of mouthguards. However, if your custom-fit mouthguard starts to feel loose in your mouth, it may be the material that is showing wear and needs to be replaced.
If your mouthguard is falling out of your mouth, it is not only a choking hazard but it isn’t providing the level of protection you need. Visit SportingSmiles today to learn more about our custom-fit athletic mouthguards and get the protection you need.
A poor-fitting mouthguard is not only uncomfortable, but it compromises the level of protection it provides. In addition, if you are constantly concentrating on holding your mouthguard in place, you are distracted from the game.
#2 Your Mouthguard is Showing Signs of Damage
When it comes to playing sports, you wouldn’t play with a broken helmet or bat, would you? The same is true of your mouthguard. If you notice signs of wear and tear or even notice a rip in your mouthguard, it is time for a replacement. Oftentimes, players chew on their mouthguard, leaving it to look like your pup’s chew toy. Not only will this damage make wearing the mouthguard uncomfortable, but it will also reduce the protection that the mouthguard should provide.
#3 Replace Your Mouthguard When the Color Changes
Oftentimes, a mouthguard has wear and tear without any obvious signs of damage. For example, say your bright red mouthguard shows no rips or tears but is suddenly looking a bit pinker than red. The discoloration is often a sign that your mouthguard is beginning to break down. It is also a sign that bacteria may be growing within your mouthguard. YUCK! If you notice the color beginning to fade, it is definitely time to replace your mouthguard.
Many of the previous mouthguard problems can contribute to this final sign that you need a new mouthguard. Poor-fitting mouthguards, tears and rips, and a buildup of bacteria can lead to pain, discomfort, and even mouth sores from your guard. If you notice sores develop after wearing your guard, it is definitely time for a replacement.
The good news is, here at SportingSmiles, we can help make replacing your athletic mouthguard easy. No need for a visit to the dentist. No expensive prices. Our patented self-impression kit lets you make your mold in the comfort of your own home. Simply send back the mold and our dental lab technicians will make a new mouthguard with the same high quality you get from your dentist’s lab. For more information, visit Athletic Mouth Guards today.