Summer Smile Essentials: Mouth Guards

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One of the most popular forms of safety equipment for athletes is mouth guards. However, even if you are not an athlete or do not participate in contact sports, mouth guards can still be effective for other similar high-risk activities. Mouth guards are designed to fit over the top of your teeth and gums for an added level of support and protection.

The three most common forms of mouth guards are custom-made mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards, and stock made mouth guards. Custom-made mouth guards are designed to fit your exact dental profile. They can be designed by your dentist for your exact dental needs. Similarly, boil and bite mouthguards are also designed to fit your exact dental impression. They work by placing them in boiling water and then placing them into your mouth at which point you bite down and create your own dental impression. Stock guards are designed to cater to a wide range of mouths and come pre-formed. Although they are not customizable, they tend to be the least expensive product.

Once you have selected your mouth guard, it is important to always care and maintain it to ensure it can continue to protect your smile. Furthermore, make sure that it does not become a source of contamination. This means it must be cleaned before and after every use. Furthermore, if you’re starting to show signs of wear or damage on your mouth guard, it will need to be replaced.

If you are in need of a mouth guard, contact Sonshine Family Dental at (317) 495-9537 to see which treatment is right for you. If you are looking for a dentist in Avon, Indiana, you can schedule an oral examination with Dr. Steven Driggers and our team at our dentist office. We look forward to hosting your smile!