Your teeth are precious, and while they are still bones, they can still get damaged pretty easily. When you’re living an active lifestyle where there’s a chance of your teeth being damaged, the best thing that you can do is invest in a mouth guard to ensure they’re protected. We’re going to dive a little bit deeper into the benefits of mouthguards and times that you should be wearing them.

What are mouth guards for?

Mouth guards have been used for centuries to protect teeth, gums, and tissue from damage and impact. Some mouth guards can be purchased over the counter, but some are custom-made to more accurately fit your mouth. At Library Plaza Dental Center we offer all of our patients the option of a custom fit mouth guard for a more durable and effective solution.

How to care for your mouth guard

We recommend keeping your mouth guard in a sturdy container when you are not using it. You should also clean your mouth guard after each use by soaking it in cool, soapy water for sanitation purposes. For children and teens, you may need to replace the mouth guard more frequently due to jaw and teeth changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a mouth guard?

There are a variety of reasons that you may need a mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, have bridgework, or play a contact sport, they are a good way to prevent injury and further dental problems. You may also benefit from wearing a mouth guard if you have braces that rub on your lips.

What can I expect when I get fitted for mouth guard?

To ensure that your mouth guard fits properly, we’ll take an impression of your teeth that will serve as a mold for your guard. The process is fairly quick and you may even be able to leave your fitting appointment with your mouth guard in hand.

Are there any special directions?

You will be told how to wear your mouth guard. Depending on the purpose of your mouth guard, you may just have to wear at night or when playing a certain sport.