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Dental Health Mouth Guards
Whether you have been told you have bruxism or you play recreational sports, you may need to look into dental mouth guards to protect your teeth. These dental appliances are placed over top of your teeth and provide protection in the event you grind your teeth or you get hit in the mouth. Dental mouth guards are most commonly used for sports settings and it is likely that you have seen other teammates with them in. It is important that you speak with Dr. Luu today to learn more about your mouth guard options and how they can benefit you.
When it comes to the type of mouth guard you need, you will need to choose one that is designed to meet your needs. Not all mouth guards are created the same and some may work better than others. Dr. Luu can help you choose the right mouth guard and also make sure that the one you choose fits in your mouth properly. Below, we will discuss the three main types of mouth guards you can choose from.
Custom Mouth Guards
Custom fitted mouth guards are the best option for you and will best protect your teeth. Dr. Luu relies on these mouth guards to protect his patients’ mouth as they play in sports activities. These protectors are not available on the shelf of a store and they are custom made by a dental lab according to an impression that is taken of your teeth.
If you are in need of a custom mouth guard, Dr. Luu will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab. Once the guard comes back, Dr. Luu will make sure that it fits in your mouth properly and provides you with the most support.
/ Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
Boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at any local sports store and are usually readily available for you to choose as an option. While these mouth guards do not provide as much protection as a custom fit one, you will receive quite a bit of protection from it. This mouth guard is made from a thermoplastic material that softens when it is placed in boiling water. Once the plastic is softened, you place it in your mouth and bite down to form it to your teeth.
These mouth guards work the way they are supposed to and will provide you with some protection, which is better than none. Of course, if you can get a custom fitted mouth guard, you want to choose this option.
/ Stock Mouth Guards
Stock mouth guards should only be used as a last resort. These mouth guards are premade and are not custom fitted to your mouth or teeth in any way. These guards are ideal for those patients who need to have some type of protection in their mouth now due to a game or upcoming sporting event. Stock options are generally inexpensive and can be found pretty much anywhere.
The biggest downside to these types of mouth guards is that they are unable to be adjusted, so they may not work right in your mouth or they may be uncomfortable. This guard should ONLY be used if you do not have any other guard on hand and need to play in a football or high intensity sports game.
Why Wear a Mouth Guard When Engaging in Sports Activities?
An accident can happen at any time and anywhere. Since sports are often high intensity games that can lead to injuries, you want to make sure you protect your teeth at all times. A mouth guard will protect against any knocks or bumps that may occur to your mouth along the way. In fact, mouth guards that are worn properly can prevent your teeth from being knocked out.
How a Mouth Guard Will Fit in My Mouth?
Mouth guards may sound like they are uncomfortable, but one that fits properly is not. The guard itself is designed to only protect your top teeth, but you may be able to have one made to protect both the top and bottom. The reason the top teeth are protected is because they stick out more than the bottom teeth, which means that they are more likely to be damaged in a game.
When you place a mouth guard into your mouth, it should rest on your teeth and feel good in your mouth. If you experience any discomfort, it is not the right guard for you. In addition to their use in sports, mouth guards are used for those patients who suffer from bruxism. The mouth guard will stop any grinding or rubbing of the teeth.
How Do I Care for My Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards are east to take care of, but this does not mean that you should skip their care either. While you may think that the mouth guard just needs a rinse, the care of it is a bit more detailed.
To care for your mouth guard, you should always rinse it off when you remove it from your mouth. When you are done using it for the day, you want to brush it with a mild toothpaste and rinse it thoroughly.
Never place your mouth guard in hot water as this can distort and warp the shape of it. You should place the mouth guard in a breathable container to protect it and keep it safe from harm.
If you do notice any wear on your mouth guard, it may be time to replace it. Talk to Dr. Luu about your concerns and he will help guide you.
/ Schedule an Appointment in Our Brentwood Office Today
If you would like to discuss your options for mouth guards, now is the time to visit our Brentwood office. Dr. Luu is able to work with you to create a custom mouth guard that meets your needs.
Whether you grind your teeth or play sports, a mouth guard is the solution to keep your teeth protected.