Sports guards, mouthguards and mouth protectors are different names for the same dental appliance that serves one purpose – to protect your mouth and teeth from trauma. When playing sports, the mouth is one of the most prone when it comes to contact sports. While wearing a mouthguard can’t prevent all types of injuries, it will prevent them from being much worse. If you participate regularly in contact sports and other high-risk activities, it would be best to protect yourself, especially if you wear other dental appliances, like braces or dentures.

Custom-made mouthguards. These are custom-made and designed for a specific individual, either in the dentist’s office or at a professional dental laboratory, so they will provide the best fit and protection among mouth guards.

Boil and bite mouthguards. Available at your typical sporting goods store, this type of mouthguard offers a better fit than stock mouthguards because the pre-formed shape that the mouthguard comes in can be changed by boiling it in water and biting into it soon after.

Stock mouthguards. These are very cheap and can be worn immediately after purchase. However, the fit is often awkward and uncomfortable, making it hard to breath and talk.

Ideally, you’ll want to replace your mouth guards after every few months, especially if you wear and use them regularly. It is also important to keep your mouthguard clean. Rinse it with cool water and brush it as you would your natural teeth to eliminate bacteria. Place it in a sealed container at room temperature as well in between uses.

If you would like to learn more about mouthguard options, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.

Kemmet Dental Design proudly serves Minot and all surrounding areas.

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