Keeping Your Teeth Mouth-Guarded

Keeping Your Teeth Mouth-Guarded

A mouthguard is a device for the mouth that protects the teeth and gums to reduce and prevent teeth, lip, and gum injuries, especially when playing contact sports. There are three main types of mouthguard: the stock mouthguard, the boil and bite mouthguards, and the custom-fit mouthguards. Choose the mouthguard that is comfortable for you and that would best fit for your situation. There are many devices available in the market used as protection to a person’s smile, teeth, and gums. One of them is the so – called mouth guard. Players in any sport to avoid damaging the inside of their mouth when playing or an accident happens, usually wear this. Most people may be ignorant that this device is for not only playing purposely, but it also needed by many people in avoiding large damage in person’s dental problems.

One of the reasons mouth guards is essential is because some people like to grind their teeth without noticing it and particularly in sleeping. Bruxism is the term called for this certain condition. It characterizes by damaging the inside of their mouth, and thus creating unnatural grating noises when a person is grinding their teeth. In choosing mouth guard, there are many considerations to take and it will depend on your needs and preferences. The impact of the level of protection will also depends on the mouth guard a person’s choice.

Stock Mouthguard
The stock mouthguard is available in almost all sporting stores. It is the least expensive of all the types of mouthguard; however it is also the one that can least protect your mouth. It is impossible to adjust a stock mouthguard to fit to the teeth, so if it’s too big, it will surely fall, and if it’s too small, it can hurt the gums. If these situations happen, using a mouthguard will be useless. There is a limitation on it because it is unjustifiable to conform and fit to your teeth, and if it were bigger than your teeth, it would totally slip off. In addition, it can damage your gums and pinch the gingival, causes your discomfort and pain. If the mouth guard, found sitting on the bench is not going to provide any mouth protection that a person is seeking.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards
The boil and bite mouthguards are also inexpensive, just like the stock mouthguards. There is a huge difference between the boil and bite mouthguards and the stock mouthguards. The stock mouthguards are not adjustable, on the other hand, with the boil and bite mouthguards, hot water is all you need. With the help of hot water you can be able to adjust the mouthguard comfortably around the teeth. But, it’s easier said than done, so it is best to let your dentist help you fit the mouthguard in. Always keep in mind that forming a mouth guard perfectly fit around the gums and teeth is more difficult and tasking than brushing. It works much better if the dentist will aid in fitting the mouth guard. Avoid using homemade rotten mouth guards because it will destroy the inside of the mouth.

Custom-Fit Mouthguards
Custom-fit mouthguards, from the name itself, is made or is customized for the person that will be using it. It can be accessed through your dental office. The first step is to take an impression of the maxillary teeth which will be sent to the dental laboratory where the mouthguard will be made. It is necessary to involve all the maxillary teeth from molar to molar to have maximum protection. A custom-fit mouthguard can be adjusted depending on the players’ preference. If a person decided to purchase this mouth guard, his or her first appointment would be the dentist would check the size of their mouth, ensuring that the mouth guard would fit them perfectly. The result will be send to their laboratory were the mouth guard fabricated after checking their patience mouth size. These mouthguards allow for slight adjustments, so it will perfectly fit.

Protecting teeth with a mouthguard is important, especially for the ones who participate in sports. Use of mouthguard is necessary to protect your mouth, teeth, lips, and gums from injuries. It is also important to choose the right mouthguard for you, consider quality, and the situation wherein you’ll use it.

 

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