Why is Having a Mouthguard Important?
There are certain types of activities that can put your dental health at risk of injury. Contact-sports and adventure-style activities can sometimes result in accidental collisions, falls and other events that can cause trauma to the teeth and/or gums. Damaging or losing teeth can also mean the loss of any investment in your dental health such as orthodontics or cosmetic treatments. Why not protect your smile to minimize your risk? Remember, teeth do not grow back!
What is The Process Like?
Westborough Dental Associates, a family dental practice, recommends using a custom-fit sports mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. They offer superior comfort and protection when compared to readily available options. The process is quick and painless. First, Dr. Daljeet will conduct an initial oral exam to see if you have any issues prior to taking impressions. If any issues are seen, she will address them accordingly. Next, we will make molds of your teeth with a special material. This mold will be used to create the fitted mouthguard. Once the mold is complete, we will have you try it on. A mouthguard should fit snuggly with no room to shift around.
A custom fit mouthguard offers many key benefits. the snug, personalized fit reduces jaw clenching to hold it in place. This has shown to improve athletic performance. Better comfort enables the wearer to consume fluids and speak easily without having to remove the appliance, reducing the incidence of loss.
Can I use it overnight for teeth grinding?
The simple answer is no. A custom sports mouthguard is best used to keep your teeth protected from big hits while playing sports. There are 4 types of mouthguards for different purposes: sports activities, teeth grinding, sleep apnea, and snoring. The type for teeth grinding are made of a more tougher material that can handle hours of grinding and constant wear. Custom sports mouthguards are meant to be worn for only a couple of hours a day.
How to maintain your Custom Mouthguard
Cleaning and storing your new oral appliance is simple. Here are some tips to follow to keep your mouthguard fresh:
- Rinse the guard and your mouth before and after every use
- Store it in a dry place to prevent mold, such as a retainer case or Tupperware.
- If storing it away for the season, wash with dish soap and cold water. Let air dry.
- Check your mouthguard for damage regularly. Bring it to your next dental appointment for maintenance.
We offer custom sports mouthguards for kids, teens and adults. You are never too old to wear mouth protection. Ask Dr. Daljeet during your next dental visit. Schedule a consultation online today.