According to the American Dental Association, mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year. They are designed to help protect your teeth from the damage that can be caused by sports or grinding and clenching your teeth. However, most people do not wear mouth guards and subject themselves to the possibility of a broken tooth, a knocked out tooth or even enamel damage due to teeth grinding and clenching. By wearing a mouth guard, you could possibly save yourself or a loved one an extra trip to the dentist to repair excessive damage.
What Is a Mouth Guard?
A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injuries. The mouth guards that offer the most comfort and the best protection are the ones that are individually made to fit based on the impression of the persons teeth.
Reasons to Use a Mouth Guard
One of the most notable reasons to use a mouth guard is to protect the teeth from injury while engaging in sports. Teeth can become knocked loose, or even knocked out with a blow to the face. This is not a rare occurrence and can happen even in the most moderate of sports. Another reason to use a mouth guard is to protect the teeth from enamel damage due to grinding and clenching.
Am I a Candidate for a Mouth Guard?
If you play any type of sports, you are definitely a candidate. Also, if you are an orthodontic patient, a mouth guard is a vital tool to protect your brackets and wires, as well as your cheeks and lips if you have a collision to the face. If you struggle with teeth grinding, you are a perfect candidate for mouth guards because it prevents the wearing down of the teeth.
Caring for Your Mouth Guard
Caring for your mouth guard is relatively easy and hassle-free. A simple rinse after each use and a regular wash in cool, soapy water will keep your mouth guard in good shape. Keep it out of the sunlight and store it in a sturdy container.
Learn More About Dental Guards
If you would like more information or if any of your family members need a mouth guard, contact us and we will be happy to assist and answer any questions you may have.