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The Importance of Wearing a Mouth Guard

If you participate in sports or love being active, you are well aware of the importance of injury prevention. Depending on the activity, you can choose from a variety of protective gear options. Mouth guards for sports should be considered vital elements of athletic equipment. They're made to lessen the chance of injury to our teeth and mouths, and they should be worn by everyone who's at risk, not just professional athletes.


A mouth guard, sometimes known as a sports guard, is a device that is worn over your teeth to protect them from injury. They usually cover the upper teeth and are intended to protect them from fractures (or perhaps tooth loss) as well as wounds to your lips and tongue.




Mouthguards Come in a Variety of Styles

There are three different types of sports guards. A sporting goods store and some pharmacies sell the stock fit and boil and bite alternatives off the shelf. They are often bulky and uncomfortable to wear, and they do not provide a specific fit, which may limit their effectiveness. A custom-fitted mouthguard, which is normally only accessible through a dental health provider, is the third type. These are made to suit your mouth perfectly and provide the best fit, comfort, and wear compliance. All you have to do if you want a custom-fitted sports guard, call Glendale Dentist, and we'll take care of the rest.


Braces and Mouthguards

Many individuals believe that if they have braces, they cannot use a mouth guard. This is not the case. It is possible to construct a custom-fitted sports guard that can be worn with braces. Brace wearers are more likely to be injured since the brackets on their teeth can easily slash their lips and tissue.


What's the best place to get one?

This is contingent on the sort of sports guard you select. As you can undoubtedly guess, a custom-fitted mouthguard is highly recommended because it provides the most comfort and wear compliance, as well as the finest protection for your teeth.


The procedure is straightforward. It usually takes two quick trips to our dentist office. We will take an impression/imprint of your teeth on your initial appointment and determine the optimal mouthguard option for you. We can also make changes to the way it looks (let you choose the color and in some cases even add a special design). You'll get your personalized mouthguard at the second appointment. This is when we check the fit and give you full instructions on how to use and care for your new item.


Non-custom options are available at sporting goods stores, pharmacies, and online. Just make sure you do your homework first. If you're not sure which choice is ideal for you, don't hesitate to seek guidance from your dentist.


Maintaining Your Mouthguard

It's simple to look after your sports guard. Simply follow the directions that came with it. The following are some basic pointers:

  • Always keep it in a suitable container.

  • After each use, clean it (typically with soap and water)

  • Do not immerse it in boiling water (this can alter the shape and fit)

  • Check it on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear, such as chips and cracks.

Custom sports guards are made to reduce the risk of sports-related dental and mouth injuries. We care about the health of your smile, so let us assist you in keeping it safe. Ask your dentist at Glendale Gentle Dentistry about mouthguards during your next appointment, or give us a call.

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