Mouth Guards Cost, Care and Cleaning
Properly maintaining, cleaning and caring for your mouth guard is important to help prevent infection and the spread of disease. This helps keep your teeth and gums healthy.
For the healthiest results, consider these recommendations:
- Brush and floss your teeth before wearing your mouth guard.
- Do not chew on your mouth guard, since this can distort its shape.
- Never throw the mouth guard in with dirty, sweaty gear.
- After each use, wash your mouth guard with soap and cool not hot water.
- Before storing, soak your mouth guard in mouthwash.
- Keep your mouth guard in a well ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use.
- Avoid bending your mouth guard.
- Heat can damage a mouth guard; don't leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle.
- Do not handle or wear someone else's mouth guard; never share your own.
- Do not try to change the fit of your mouth guard yourself; have your dentist adjust it.
- Call your dentist if you experience any of the following warning signs of wearing a contaminated mouth guard: difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting.
How long a mouth guard lasts depends on its construction and use. Stock and mouth-formed guards typically wear out after several months of repeated, hard use. Custom-fitted guards generally last a year or more. Check the condition of the mouth guard before each use, especially if you have a tendency to chew on it. It is a good idea to bring your mouth guard with you to your regular dental examinations for periodic evaluations.
Cost of Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards typically range in cost from $1 to $15 and are available in sporting goods and drug stores. Mouth-formed guards are priced at approximately $2 to $30 and also are available at sporting goods and drug stores. Custom-fitted mouth guards cost between $190 and $500 and are available from a dentist. Most dental insurance plans generally do not cover the cost of mouth guards. Check with your dental insurance company to determine your level of coverage. Either way, a mouth guard is a good investment in your oral health.
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