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Everything You Need To Know About Mouthguards

Mouthguards

Good dental health is a must for many reasons. Apart from preventing oral diseases, it also enhances your appearance. After all, who does not want a good set of teeth to sparkle brightly when one smiles? One way to keep your teeth in good shape and condition is using mouthguards. But does everyone need a mouthguard? Let’s explore this in detail.

What Are Mouthguards?

Mouthguards are essential dental accessories that protect you from potential injuries.  They protect not only your teeth but also your tongue, gums and other tissues of your mouth.

Who Can Use Mouthguards?

Mouthguards are not used for aesthetic purposes but for safety reasons. They can be used by children or adults, especially those who play sports regularly. In fact, it is essential for people who play sports like football, basketball, hockey (field and ice), or boxing, among other sports.

Apart from these sports, if you are engaged in other recreational activities such as mountain biking, ice skating, mountaineering, hiking or climbing where there is a risk of falling, you should wear mouthguards to avoid injuries to your teeth. In short, experts recommend using mouthguards if you participate in any activity that has a high fall risk or risk of facial injury.

Mouthguards are also a good option for those suffering from a habit of grinding and clenching teeth while asleep. Dentists recommend wearing night mouthguards to protect teeth and save their natural bite.

Various Types of Mouthguards

Most commonly, there are three types of mouthguards:

1) Custom-Fitted Mouthguards

Custom-fitted mouthguards are the most recommended ones, mainly crafted under the supervision of dentists after a thorough examination of your mouth. They fit you the best and give you the best comfort and protection. They’re made of standard materials to provide you with the best safety.  However, they’re costly when compared to other mouthguards.

2) Boil and Bite Mouthguards

To wear boil and bite mouthguards, you need to put them in hot water to soften them. Then, you can put them on with the help of your fingers and tongue. They are better than stock mouthguards but do not give you the precise fitting.

3) Stock Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are ready-to-use mouthguards. They don’t have any customized or precise fitting and there is no option to adjust them according to your jaw shape and size. Anyone can use them because they come in a standard size. This is why stock mouthguards are the most uncomfortable options because everyone has a different set of teeth. However, they’re the least expensive and, at the same time, least protective. These mouthguards may also disturb your breathing, sleep and comfort.

If you’re worried about your teeth, it’s advisable to contact 67th Street Dental for consultation and installation of mouthguards. Being a leading dental clinic, we also provide treatment for dental infections, swelling, broken teeth, toothaches, tooth extractions, and more at the best price.

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