Protecting the teeth from external trauma and excessive wear is just as important as taking care of oral hygiene and aesthetics. If you’re a sportsperson, you stand a higher risk of getting injured in the mouth. In order to save your teeth from possible damage, it is advisable to get yourself a customized mouth guard. It is a worthy investment that could save you from a whole lot of pain and complications.
When can a mouthguard be used?
Athletes train day-in and day-out to get better at their game. It would be great if their effort is complemented with the use of a mouthguard to protect their teeth and soft tissues in the mouth from injury. Athletes who play sports such as boxing, basketball, hockey, martial arts, rugby, soccer, snowboarding, biking, cycling, surfing, wrestling, track and field events, etc. would find great use of a mouthguard.
Patients who suffer from bruxism - a sleep-related health concern, can benefit from a nighttime bruxism guard. It keeps the teeth of either jaw from coming in contact, thereby preventing grinding. It also reduces the pressure applied to the TMJ and muscles around it, making it a common treatment for TMJ disorder.
Types of Mouthguards
Pre-made mouthguard: It is a standard-sized mouthguard that can be picked up from a local pharmacy and is ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Though it does the job of protecting your teeth from harm, not everyone who uses it finds it entirely comfortable to wear. In fact, it can alter the ideal alignment of the teeth and lead to a bad bite.
Boil-and-bite: It is similar to a pre-made mouthguard and is available in most sports stores. It is available in a standard size, and almost anyone can use it.
Customized mouthguards: Customized mouthguards are the best ones and are highly recommended by dentists. A professional dentist fabricates them after taking precise measurements and molds of the teeth. Dental-grade plastic material is used for the purpose, and its strong nature protects the teeth from injury and excessive wear.
Care of the Mouthguard
A mouthguard must be cared for to keep it in its pristine functional state. Some of the things you can do are as follows:
- Store it in a safe place, preferably in a hard case or box.
- While wearing it, do not chew on it, which otherwise could alter its shape and cause discomfort.
- Clean it after every use. We recommend you use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean it.
- Always keep it away from hot temperatures, such as leaving it in hot water or the sun.
- Get it replaced if you feel it has deformed over the course of use. Consult your dentist for this.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 830-0123 to have a consultation with our dentists, and we will be happy to help.