Dental Health Mouth Guards
Whether you play sports or have been told you suffer from bruxism, you may need dental health mouth guards. These appliances are worn over top of your teeth and they will protect them from any type of damage. The most common application for a mouth guard is sports. It is important that you talk to Dr. Cho, especially if you do want to play sports because a customized mouth guard can protect your teeth.
When it comes to a mouth guard, you need to make sure that you choose one that is right for you and your needs. Of course, Dr. Cho will be able to guide you and offer you his professional recommendation. There are three main types of mouth guards that we offer to you here in our office.
Stock Mouth Protectors
Stock mouth protectors are not customized to fit your mouth, but instead are premade and are ready to wear instantly. These types of mouth guards are ideal for those who cannot wait on a customized one to come in. These mouth guards are inexpensive and do not cost a lot of money to obtain, which makes them a great option for patients who need a fast and cheap option. Stock mouth protectors can be purchased at any sports store or department store that carries spots related products.
The biggest downside to these mouth guards is that they cannot be adjusted to accommodate all mouths. Therefore, if it fits loosely in your mouth, it cannot be tightened to fit snugly. These types of guards are a good option for a quick fix, but they do not provide a lot of protection and should not be relied on. Dr. Cho does not recommend these mouth guards for serious application such as game days.
Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors
Boil and bite mouth protectors are also purchased at local department and sports stores. These mouth protectors offer a better fit and more protection than the stock option, but they are not customized to your mouth. This mouth guard is made from a thermoplastic material that softens when in hot water. This will allow you to shape and mold the mouth guard to better fit within your mouth.
These mouth guards are a good option when you need a quick guard to protect you and you do not have time to head to our La Habra office. Of course, it should not replace a custom fitted piece, but will offer you some protection and can be molded to fit your mouth better than stock options.
Custom Mouth Protectors
Custom fitted mouth protectors are the best option for patients and relied on by Dr. Cho and dental professionals everywhere. These mouth protectors are made in a dental lab and custom fitted to the shape of your mouth. Dr. Cho will make an impression of your teeth and then send it over to the lab to have it made. The mouth guard is made from a special material that allows for maximum comfort.
This type of mouth guard is more expensive and does take some time to make, but it is molded to fit your teeth snugly and perfectly. These mouth protectors will provide you with the most protection no matter what your plans are for the day.
How Mouth Guards Fit in Your Mouth
Mouth guards are often designed to only fit and cover the upper teeth only, but it is possible for you to receive a dental appliance that covers both the upper and lower teeth. Dr. Cho will recommend the best type of mouth guard for you based on your teeth and the application for which you need the guard.
A mouth guard should not be uncomfortable in your mouth and should be durable, easy for you to clean, not restrict speech or breathing, and be comfortable above all else.
Mouth guards are also used for patients who grind or clench their teeth at night. These mouth guards are specially designed and often referred to as a bite splint or night guard. These guards will protect against tooth damage that occurs from the grinding of your teeth.
Why Should a Mouth Guard Be Worn When Playing Sports?
Accidents can happen at any time when you play a physical sport and you never know when a stray ball may hit your mouth. A mouth guard will protect against these types of injuries. In fact, a mouth guard can stop your teeth from being knocked out completely.
Who Needs to Have a Mouth Guard?
Anyone can wear a mouth guard. They are not limited to any specific person of any age. In fact, children and adults who engage in physical activity should have a mouth guard. Some of the sports you definitely should wear a mouth guard when you play include:
- Field hockey
- Ice hockey
Those are not the only sports that need a mouth guard and you may want to wear one when you engage in other activities such as gymnastics, biking, and skateboarding and more. A good piece of advice that Dr. Cho gives his patients is that if you think you need to wear a mouth guard, you probably should. It is better to be safe than sorry. Children and adults who grind or clench their teeth at night should wear custom fitted mouth guards to prevent tooth damage.
How Is a Mouth Guard Properly Cared For?
Your mouth guard does need to be taken care of or else it will become damaged or it may warp and not fit properly in your mouth. To care for your mouth guard, you should rinse it off after every use and then brush it with soap. Rinse the mouth guard off in soapy water and then rinse in clean water. Allow the guard to dry and place it in its container.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are in need of a mouth guard or you want to discuss your options, contact our La Habra dental office today.
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