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Sanitize your mouth guard!

August 31, 2009

mouthguardThe Los Angeles Times reports …

  • Mouth guards are an essential piece of protective gear for athletes who play contact sports. While they may protect teeth, the devices could be causing other problems.
  • A new study found that athletic mouth guards may cause a marked increase in the number and severity of oral lesions during the course of an athletic season.
  • Since mouth guards are important for tooth safety, researchers recommend that they should be worn, but thrown out at the first sign of distortion or when sharp, jagged edges appear, or when lesions occur. They should also be replaced regularly, and sanitized daily using an antimicrobial denture-cleaning solution to reduce the risk of harboring bacteria.

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