Mouth guards are devices used to prevent damage and injuries to teeth usually occurring from sports. An effective mouth guard works like a “crash helmet” for the teeth.
Mouth guards are devices used to protect your teeth from damage while you sleep or play sports. Sports guards, mouth guards, and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact, or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well. They are also used to prevent teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw. Depending on the need, there are three types of mouth guards:
Stock Mouth guards: They are ready-to-wear devices available at any sports good stores or departmental stores. However, they cannot be a proper fit. They are bulky, making breathing and talking difficult.
Boil-and-bite mouth guards: They are available at sport good stores and are of a better fit than stock mouth guards. These are made up of thermoplastic material. It is placed in warm water to soften and then fit into the mouth using fingers and tongue pressure.
Custom-made mouth guards: These mouth guards are made at the dentist’s office. They are made after taking impressions and fit in the mouth well.
An ideal mouth guard fulfills the following conditions to work effectively
be comfortable yet tight-fitting
allow normal breathing and swallowing
allow normal speech
not cause gagging
be odorless and tasteless
be thick enough to resist the impact
Prevent Tooth Damage: Mouth guards protect your teeth from injuries and damage to your teeth during any sports. Tooth damage can lead to getting complex dental treatment.
Cushions any impact on face: Mouth guards cushions any blow to the face and teeth. Thus, reducing the risk of broken and damaged teeth.
Mouth guards protect lips, tongue, and inner lining of the cheeks.
Mouth guards prevent damage to bridges and any orthodontic appliances.
While the injuries to teeth are expensive to treat, mouth guards are less expensive compared to them.
At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, mouth guards are individually designed and made in our office. Not surprisingly, they are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection. Dr. Orfaly takes an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Because they fit and feel better, most athletes prefer customized mouth guards. While doing so, Dr. Orfaly and his team compassionately attend to every query that you have related to mouth guards.
You are asked to wear the newly made mouth guard to check if it fits in well. If any changes are needed, they are made and the mouth guards are handed over to you.
Mouth guards are used to prevent sports injuries.
If you happen to play any sports like football, basketball, hockey (both field and ice hockey), you are eligible to get mouth guards regardless of your age.
If you participate in non-contact sports like gymnastics, mountain biking, skateboarding, you can get your customized set of mouth guards.
Some dental insurances cover partial or the entire cost of custom-fitted mouth guards crafted by dental professionals. Since health insurance policies keep changing, it is always advisable to check with the insurance companies.
Using mouth guards comes with a responsibility. Dr. Orfaly and team advise certain guidelines to follow to look for the hygiene of the mouth guards you use:
Make sure to rinse your mouth guard with water or mouth rinse before and after using the mouth guard.
It can be stored in a perforated case.
Check your mouth guards frequently for any wear and tear. If you find any cracks on the guard, or it no longer fits you well, make sure to replace it.
Visit Fisher & Orfaly Dental for regular dental checkups.
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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.