Date: April 25, 2014 Richard Jones

Mouth Guards

Mouth GuardsMouth guards protect the teeth and the oral cavity from serious injuries whenever untoward incidents happen. A mouth guard can also prevent injuries to the lips from happening or getting worse, and should be worn at all times – especially if a person plans to engage in an extremely rough or physical activities, such as contact sports. In addition, a dentist can suggest the use of a mouth guard for protection against teeth clenching/grinding, also known as bruxism.

This is Dentistry will give you the information you need about mouth guards and what they can do to prevent injuries from happening to your mouth area. This is Dentistry also gives you access to the contact information of dentists in your local area through a comprehensive dentist directory; these dentists can customize a mouth guard for your specific need, so you can do all the activities and sports you want without worrying too much about injuries to your mouth.

Types of Mouth Guards

mouthguardsThere are a number of mouth guard types you can choose from, and the main differences between mouth guard types are the way they are manufactured. Typically, mouth guards are created to cover only the area of the upper teeth; however, your dentist can also specify and create a guard mouth to protect your lower teeth area as well.

  • Stock Mouth Guards – These mouth guards can be bought at sporting goods stores, and can be used immediately – you can consider these as “RTW mouth guards”. However, very little can be done to adjust the way these mouth guards fit; these mouth guards sometimes do more harm than good because of the bulky way they fit into a person’s mouth, which is the reason why most dentists do not recommend the use of stock mouth guards.
  • Boil and Bite/Mouth Adapted Mouth Guards – Made of thermoplastic material, a boil and bite mouth guard needs to be placed in hot water to be softened, before it is placed in the mouth to be shaped around the teeth. These mouth guards offer a better fit compared to stock mouth guards.
  • Custom-Made Mouth Guards – These mouth guards are custom-made to fit the specifications of the patient’s mouth, and are often created in a dental laboratory. A custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types of mouth guards, but they offer the best in terms of protection and comfort since these mouth guards are made using the exact impression of a patient’s teeth and mouth.

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