Mouthguards: Your Perfect Teeth Protector

Mouthguards: Your Perfect Teeth Protector

Dec 01, 2019

Did you know that about five million teeth and mouth injuries are due to sports injuries? Yes. Furthermore, people who don’t wear mouth guards when playing a high-impact sport are 60 times more likely to get dental fractures.

According to the American Dental Association, 200,000 injuries can be prevented if you wear a mouthguard.

What are Mouth Guards?

A mouthguard or protector is a device that covers your teeth and gums to protect against injuries to the teeth, lips, gums, and arches. Most of these injuries are caused by bruxism, TMD, and sports injuries.

Furthermore, wearing mouthguards can help;

  • Prevent bruising and lacerations
  • Protect against dislocations and tooth fractures
  • The protectors act as shock absorbers and reduce neurological injury

Types of Mouthguards

  • Custom-fitted protectors

These mouthguards are individually designed and personalized depending on the thickness of your teeth. Custom-fit mouthguards are designed by the dentist based on your unique dental impression.

We prefer and recommend custom-fit mouthguards as they fit your individual needs and allow the dentist to adjust the protectors to the desired fit.

  • Stock mouthguards

They are pre-made and ready to wear. The mouthguards are bulky, not adjustable and can make talking difficult. They are inexpensive, but on the downside, the stock mouthguards offer little protection.

  • Boil & Bite mouthguards

The protectors are made of a thermoplastic material that softens when placed in hot water. These protectors conform to the shape of your teeth and offer a better fit than stock protectors.

People who suffer from night bruxism can benefit from the nocturnal bite plates.

Ideally, mouthguards are designed to fit in the upper teeth, but in some cases, the dentist may design protectors for the lower teeth as well.

Who Should Wear a Mouthguard?

The American Dental Association advises all people—adults and children, to wear mouthguards when playing high-impact sports.

People who suffer from bruxism–unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth, should also wear the mouth protectors especially when sleeping. Bruxism can lead to tooth loss and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Can I Use Mouthguards with Braces?

Yes, we highly recommend it. Mouth injury can damage your braces and other fixed orthodontic appliances, and wearing a properly fitted mouthguard can protect them.

How Can You Take Care of Your Mouthguards?

Mouthguards can last for a few years depending on the type. For instance, custom-fit mouth protectors don’t lose their shape and last longer than the other versions.

Nevertheless, you need to take care of the mouthguards to enhance their durability and here are a few tips;

  • Use cold water to rinse your mouthguards before and after using it
  • Don’t chew your mouthguards as chewing compromises the material and creates rips. This will reduce its effectiveness and promotes bacterial growth.
  • Store the mouthguards safely in a plastic case
  • Protect your mouthguard from high temperatures such as hot water or sunlight to minimize distorting the shape.
  • Don’t use a toothbrush, toothpaste or mouthwash on your mouthguard because they cause damage. Instead, buy a denture cleaner.

Why We Prefer Custom-fit Mouthguards

We recommend the custom-fit for several reasons;

1. Proper fit

Unlike the stock mouth protectors that are one-size, custom-fit are personalized and offer the perfect fit. The dentist designs the mouthguards to fit your jaw, teeth, gum, and mouth.

Plus, the protectors are designed based on your dental history and type of sport you are engaged in.

2. Maximum protection

Custom-fit mouthguards not only protect your teeth and braces but can also reduce the risk of a concussion. Furthermore, the mouthguards protect against TMJ injuries, relieve stress and absorbs shock in the upper and lower jaw.

3. Comfortable

The dentist will model the mouth protectors using your teeth and gum impression. This ensures that they properly fit in your mouth, making it easy to breathe, swallow and talk.

Get Your Mouthguards Today

Are you looking for affordable mouthguards in Houston, TX? Then come to our dental clinic. We offer you a variety of mouthguards including for children. We also offer other services too including dental bonding, sealants, fillings, crowns and many more.