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A mouthguard (also known as a mouth protector, mouth piece or gumshield) is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. They reduce the risk of broken or lost teeth and other mouth injuries such as lacerations in the inside of the mouth.
Mouth guards are stiff, cushioned molds that fit closely over the upper teeth. Mouthguards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint pain, or as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching.
There are different types of sports mouth guards available but the most comfortable and easily worn type is the custom mouth guard that you can have made at your dental office. It is not only more comfortable than the "do-it-yourself" types that you boil to soften and fit but it is also more effective. Ask our specialists for the best type for you or your child.
- Rinse with clean water or antibacterial mouthrinse after use and brush with a toothbrush before storing.
- Store the mouth guard in a specially designed container that allows for air to reach the appliance and one that is hard enough to resist damage.
- Do not boil or leave in hot locations.
- Make a habit of wearing the mouth guard whenever you participate in sports or activities that place you at risk for dental or jaw injuries.
- Have mouth guard replaced if torn or if it no longer fits properly.
- Let your dental hygienist or dentist examine the condition of your appliance at every dental check-up appointment.