Dental Care: The Importance of Athletic Mouth Guards

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If you wish to have a strong, stable, and functional smile, mouth guards are appliances that can help you achieve and maintain that goal!

Mouth guards are successful appliances that protect your smile when you are participating in high-contact activities, like gymnastics, rugby, soccer, basketball, etc. As you run, fight, flip, twirl, turn, kick, and jump, your smile is vulnerable to the hard, forceful objects that can hit it and knock your teeth to the ground. We want to help you avoid this traumatic injury, and we are happy to do so by strongly recommending the use of a mouth guard!

The three most commonly used mouth guards include:

Stock mouth guards: Stock mouth guards are available at your local sporting goods and department stores and they are preformed and ready to wear. However, dentists don’t usually recommend this guard because it offers little to no protection, it is bulky (which makes it hard to talk and breath), and it is non-adjustable. They are, however, the most inexpensive option when it comes to mouth guards.

Boil-and-bite mouth guards: Boil-and-bite mouth guards offer a large amount of protection and they can also transform to fit your smile. When you purchase the guard, put it in a bowl of boiling water. Then, take it out, put it in your mouth, and bite firmly on the guard. Next, apply pressure to the guard with your fingers and tongue. When it is fitting snug with your teeth, take it out of your mouth and let it harden. You can find these thermoplastic guards at your local sporting goods stores.

Custom-made mouth guards: Custom-made mouth guards are only available at your dental office. These guards are made to fit perfectly over your smile and they offer full protection. When you come into our office and decide on the guard, your dentist will make impressions of your smile and will send those impressions to the dental lab. The technicians at the lab will create your mouth guard and will send it back when it’s ready. Your dentist will then give you the guard along with the instructions you need to use it properly.

Call our office now if you would like to learn more about the benefits of a mouth guard! We look forward to helping you protect your smile with this reliable appliance.