Information On MouthGuards

Excerpt: Mouthguards or mouth protectors assist cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of injuries to your tongue, lips, jaw or face and broken teeth.

Eating habits also affect the color of the teeth and if you have bad eating habits, then it will accelerate the discoloration. Reduce or quit smoking altogether and consume alcohol only in moderation. Increase the intake of green leafy vegetables in your diet and eat fruits that have a high fiber content. Consuming foods with low sugar content will help to control the development and growth of the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. 

What Is A Mouthguard?

Mouthguards or mouth protectors cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of injuries to your tongue, lips, jaw, or face and broken teeth. They usually cover the upper teeth and work wonderfully in protecting the soft tissues of your cheek lining, lips, and tongue. Learning how to prevent such injuries is even more important if you participate in recreational activities or organized sports.

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an important piece of athletic wear that should be part of your sporting gear. All children involved in contact sports should have and use a mouthguard while engaging in their sport. This might sound surprising, but studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more at risk to experience tooth or mouth injury if they are not wearing a mouthguard.

A mouthguard is a carefully made, rubber-like cover, which fits snugly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and helping the wearer to avoid or significantly reduce injury. The other terms used interchangeably for mouthguards include: bite plane, bite splint, night guard, gum guard, gum shield, mouthpiece, mouth protector, etc.

When Should You Use A Mouthguard?

Dental Trauma

Used in sports where intentional or accidental attacks may cause damage to the mouth, jaw, or face.

Mouthguards may also reduce or prevent levels of concussion in case of an injury to the jaw

However, even with proper use, effectiveness in preventing dental injuries is not absolute, and injuries can still happen even when mouthguards are used as their effectiveness is directly related to how well they were fabricated and how well they fit. Mouthguards are also commonly used in the following circumstances: 

  • Oral Medicine
  • Topical medication delivery
  • Teeth grinding prevention
  • Splints to limit joint issues
  • Aesthetics
  • Protection for porcelain veneers at night
  • Teeth bleaching
  • Orthodontics
  • As a substitute for acrylic plates and brackets

Where Can I Purchase A Mouthguard?

Smiles Dental Group provides custom-made mouthguards for a proper fit.

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