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This Thanksgiving, if you are playing football with family and friends while waiting for the turkey to be ready, you may be wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth while waiting for that next tackle.

Many athletes, especially those with braces, find store bought mouth guards to be uncomfortable and can even make it hard to breathe. In recent years more and more athletes are being fitted for a custom mouth guard. These pieces are specifically designed to match your teeth for comfort and improved breathing. They represent a serious investment in protecting your teeth during athletic activities. Taking proper care of it will help insure that it can last for several years to come.

You should always make an effort to brush your teeth before and after wearing the mouth guard. This will help remove bacteria and helps refresh your mouth.  After a game or practice you should rinse the mouth guard thoroughly under cool or lukewarm water. Make sure not to soak your mouth guard in hot water or leave it out in the sun. The mouth guard is made from a thermoplastic material that can be deformed by heat. When transporting your mouth guard keep it in the case provided.

A little wear and tear is natural in custom mouth guards worn during contact sports. Try to inspect the mouth guard regularly for any trouble spots. Contact your dentist if you see a cause for concern.

If you have any questions about how to maintain your custom mouth guard please feel free to call us at 310-286-2241 to schedule an appointment and let us help you keep smiling!