Mouth guards are protective coverings worn over the teeth to keep them protected from injury from teeth grinding or while playing sports. They are usually made of laminate or soft plastic material that protects the cheeks, lips and tongue. They can also help to lessen the problem of snoring and will help with sleep apnoea.
Who needs a mouth guard?
Mouth guards should be used by children and adults playing different sports. Some of these include ice hockey, boxing, soccer, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse. Anyone who takes part in non-contact and recreational activities where there is some risk of mouth injury will benefit from wearing a mouth guard. Both children and adults who grind their teeth at night should have a bite splint or bite plate to avoid tooth damage.
What are the features of a mouth guard?
- Comfortable to wear with a tight fit
- Ease of swallowing and breathing
- Speech is not affected
- Tasteless and odourless
Can you use a mouth guard while wearing braces?
Yes, an injury to the face may cause damage to braces or other fixed appliances so a well-fitted mouth guard may be important for anyone with fixed bridge-work or who wear braces. Your mouth guard specialist in Croydon will choose the right kind of mouth guard that will offer complete protection to your mouth.
How to care for your mouth guard
- Rinse the mouth guard with cold water before and after use or clean with mild soap and a toothbrush.
- Clean the mouth guard in cold water with soap and then rinse it properly.
- Keep the mouth guard in a perforated container for storing or transporting it. This will allow proper air circulation and prevent further damage.
- Protect the mouth guard from hot water, direct sunlight or hot surfaces to lessen any chance of distortion.
- Check your mouth guard before wear. If you find holes in it or if it becomes loose, then get it replaced.
- Bring the mouth guard with you to your dental visit and allow your dentist to exam it carefully for any excessive wear and tear.
How long will my mouth guard last?
You may have to replace your mouth guard after a certain time. Adults do not need to replace a mouth guard often but you need to have the mouth guard checked when you go for your routine check-ups.
How much will a mouth guard cost?
Costs will vary from one dentist to another. You may ask our dental team in Croydon about mouth guards and get an estimate before starting treatment.
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