Most people find it hard to imagine how their mouth would look like if they lost one or two front teeth. We at Guardian Dental Care advise you to use mouth guards when participating in contact sports and outdoor games.
What do they do?
Mouth guards have a simple job- they help cushion any blow to the face, which in turn helps in minimizing the risk of injuries to your face, tongue, lips, jaw and teeth. The protectors cover the upper teeth since they take the brunt of the action more as they stick out more.
What Are The Types of Mouthguards?
At Guardian Dental Care, we prescribe among the following
1 Custom-made: These will be made by us personally and it will fit comfortably in your mouth.
2 Boil and bite: These can be found in regular sporting goods store. As the name states, they first have to be softened in boiling water and then inserted in the mouth, to allow it to adapt to the shape of your mouth.
3 Stock: They come pre-formed and ready to wear. As a result they are inexpensive but don't fit well. Also to consider is the fact that they can be bulky and make breathing and talking difficult.
Mouthguard Care and Replacement Tips:
Talk to our dentists and they will guide you regarding when to replace your mouth guard. It is advisable to replace it immediately if it gets damaged. Along with replacement here are some tips on how to care for it:
1. Regularly clean the mouth guard in soapy water or brush with toothpaste. Rinse it thoroughly after using soap.
2. Keep your mouth guard in a container with vents so that it can be dry and also prevent bacteria from growing.
3. Do not leave the mouth guard in sun or hot water.
Mouth guards should be used while playing any contact sport. For any further queries, you can contact our dental team at Guardian Dental Care.
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