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Mouth guards Overview

Dental mouth guards are used to protect the teeth, gums and supporting tissues from damage, injury and trauma while playing sports.

Mouth guards are used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause harm. Mouth guards may also prevent or reduce concussion. In many sports, it is compulsory to wear a mouth guard.
There are two types of mouth guards—over the counter and custom made. While over the counter guards are helpful for occasional use, many dental patients require the benefit of a customised dental mouth guard fitted by a dentist to effectively prevent injury. An impression of the teeth is taken to create a best-fit mouth guard.

Additional Information

Care and Replacement:

Between games , it’s important to keep your mouth guard clean and dry.
Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Regularly clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water, then rinse it thoroughly.
During your regular dental check-ups, bring your mouth guard for an evaluation. Your dentist may also be able to give it a thorough cleaning.
Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents so it can dry and keep bacteria from growing.
Never leave the mouth guard in the sun or in hot water.
Check fit and for signs of wear and tear to see if it needs replacing

How often should i change my mouth guard?

You should replace your mouth guard every 6 months to a year.

Is it just one visit to the dentist?

Depending on the practice and their facilities it is usually done over 2 appointments. The first appointment is assessing the teeth and taking impressions. On the second appointment the dentist will make sure the mouth guard fits properly and is comfortable for you. They can adjust the mouth guard if it is sore or ill fitting.

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