A mouthguard is a protective device covering the teeth and gums and which prevents and reduces injury to
In addition, they reduce risk of broken or lost teeth and other mouth injuries such as lacerations inside the mouth.
Mouth guards are stiff, cushion-like molds which are made as a close fit to the upper teeth. These are mostly used in preventive instances such as in contact sports, as a treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint pain or part of dental procedures, like teeth bleaching.
Although there are different types of mouth guards, one of the most comfortable ones is the custom mouth guards made at your dental practice. Not only is this more comfortable than the “do-it-yourself” ones which are boiled to soften, but these are also more effective.
Make sure to make your enquiry at our practice for the best type for you or your child.
- Do not boil or leave in hot locations.
- Get your mouthguard replaced if it no longer fits properly
- Make sure to rinse with antibacterial mouthrinse or clean water after use and brush with a toothbrush before storing.
- Get your dental hygienist or dentist examine to condition of your appliance at every dental check-up appointment.
- Store the mouth guard in a specially designed container that allows for air to reach the appliance and one that is hard enough to resist damage.
- Make a habit to wear the mouth guard when participating in sports that place you at risk for dental or jaw injuries.
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