A mouth guard is very useful in shielding your teeth from damages caused by many things. A mouth guard protects your teeth when you play contact sports, such as football, boxing, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball. You can also benefit from wearing a mouth guard if you are into skateboarding, gymnastics, or cycling. You may have an accident while playing sports, and the accident can damage your lips, jaw, tongue, or any other tissues in your mouth. A sports-related accident may also result to broken/chipped teeth, or worse, tooth loss. That is why you should wear a mouth guard if you’re playing sports.
Mouth Guards to Protect Your Teeth
If you grind your teeth while sleeping, it can damage over time. The best way to protect your teeth is to wear a mouth guard before going to bed.
Mouth Guards Types
Mouth guards are useful in many things. You can choose from three varieties of mouth guards that are available out there.
Stock Mouth Guard
The mouth guard is preformed, so it can be bought at a department store. Most department stores have it. The mouth guard is also inexpensive. However, as it comes preformed it may not be the best fit to your teeth and it may make talking or breathing difficult. The mouth guard also offers very little protection.
Boil then Bite a Mouth Guard
You can also find the mouth guard at department stores. It fits better than a stock mouth protector because of the boil-and-bite process that allows the mouth guard to adjust to the shape of your teeth. The mouth guard softens when you place it in hot water. When it is already soft, you place it in your mouth and form it around your teeth with your tongue and fingers.
Custom Fitting Your Mouth Guard
The mouth guard is provided by a dentist or a lab professional. When you get a custom-fit mouth guard from a dental clinic, the dentist will create a mold from the shape of your teeth to create a mouth guard that best fits you.
A mouth guard normally covers only the upper teeth. There are times when a mouth guard covers both the upper and bottom teeth. You need to ask your dentist which mouth guard is suitable for you. You will know that a mouth guard is a perfect fit if it’s comfortable to wear and you don’t have difficulty in breathing or talking. A quality mouth guard is tear-resistant.
Caring for Your Mouth Guard
Always clean the mouth guard with cold water pre- and post- use. You can also use a toothbrush with toothpaste to clean it. A weekly cleaning of mouth guard using soap mixed with cold water is necessary. A perforated container is the ideal storage for a mouth guard. Make sure you don’t expose your mouth guard to hot temperatures so its shape will not change.