There are several types of mouth guards, but they all serve the same purpose – to guard the teeth and gums from any possibly injury. They are made of either a soft plastic or laminate and create a barrier in the mouth to protect the teeth, jaw, cheeks, mouth, and tongue from injury. You can get a custom-made mouth guard at Memorial Children’s Dentistry in Houston.
Oral injuries occur more frequently than you might think. Common injuries include chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns and bridgework, lip and cheek injuries, fractured jaws, and root damage to the teeth. Though they are hard to avoid when participating in contact sports such as football, basketball, or baseball, the damage from an oral injury can be minimized by wearing a sports guard. It’s recommended that this be considered part of an athlete’s gear for every game and practice, along with equipment such as a helmet and shoulder pads. Non-contact sports may not require a sports guard, but they are recommended for those activities as well.
There are three types of mouth guards available. Stock mouth guards and boil-and-bite mouth guards are available over the counter. They offer some protection and, in the case of boil-and-bite mouth guards, can be customized to a point. However, they will not be totally comfortable and may make talking and breathing difficult. The most comfortable type of mouth guard and the one that offers the best protection is a custom-fitted mouth guard. At Memorial Children’s Dentistry, we create custom mouth guards by taking impressions of our child’s teeth. Once completed, your customized mouth guard will provide you with a significant level of dental protection.