Teeth covers that are worn for various purposes to protect teeth from any injury caused due to grinding of the teeth or sports are commonly known as mouthguards.
Depending on the kind of protection you need, a dentist can recommend the kind of mouthguard you need.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three kinds of mouthguards available:
- Stock Mouth Protectors: Ready to wear, inexpensive mouthguards that can be bought from sports or medical stores. You cannot make any adjustments to these, and they are quite bulky. When you wear these, you might find it difficult to breathe and talk.
- Boil and Bite Mouthguard: You can also buy from a sporting or an over-the-counter medical store. It offers better protection and fit compared to the stock mouthguards. Boil and bite are made of thermoplastic material. You have to place the mouthguard in hot water to soften it, then place it in the mouth so it can take the shape of your teeth by pushing it with your tongue and fingers.
- Custom Made Mouthguard: These are the ones that a dentist recommends as they are designed individually. Custom made mouthguards are made after the dentist examines your teeth, jaw and mouth. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to the lab. Based on the instructions given by the dentist, the mouthguard is moulded over the impression. Also, more durable material is used to make these custom made mouthguards. Since they are individually made, ensuring the protection and comfort of your teeth and mouth, custom made mouthguards are more expensive as they are individually made and therefore offer a higher degree of protection and comfort.
Why Do You Need Mouthguards?
Mouthguards can be beneficial for children and those who play sports as they help with the following:
- Redistributes the force evenly by acting as a cushion between the teeth and the soft tissue of the mouth
- Protects the mouth and the teeth from serious injury
- Helps in protecting braces from getting damaged or hurting your mouth
- Helps people who have issue of grinding or clenching their teeth which can cause injuries to the jaws
- Relieves suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and snoring
How To Take Care Of Your Mouthguard
Part of your oral hygiene is keeping your mouthguard clean when you use one. Here are some tips on how to clean a mouthguard and keep them in good condition.
- Gently scrub the mouthguard after use with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Use the protective case given to store it when not using it
- Keep it away from extreme temperatures like high heat, hot water, sun and ice to prevent it from getting deformed or melting.
- Never chew on it
- In case it does not fit your mouth properly replace it, do not force it into your mouth.
During your regular dental check-up show it to your dentist and check if it requires replacement. Once a mouthguard becomes worn out, it should be replaced.
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