What kind of mouth guard should I use?

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What kind of mouth guard should I use?If you regularly play any kind of contact sports, wearing a well-fitted mouth guard is imperative if you want to protect your teeth.

Mouth guards help to protect your pearly whites in the following ways:

  • Mouth guards protect against knocked out teeth
  • Mouth guards protect against soft tissue injuries
  • Mouth guards protect against tooth displacement
  • Mouth guards protect against tooth fractures 

What type of mouth guard should I use?

There are two common types:

  • over-the-counter (boil and bite) mouth guards; and
  • professionally made, custom-fitted mouth guards. 

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard to ensure maximum protection, which your Smile Solutions dentist can fit you for.

What are the differences between the two types of mouth guards? 

Custom-fitted mouth guards

Custom-fitted mouth guards are made by your dentist, who takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. This procedure of custom-fitting allows your dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fitting mouth guard that is most appropriate for you.

Custom-fitted mouth guards provide a better and more comfortable fit than over-the-counter varieties, and will also ensure that it won’t shift around, fall out or restrict your breathing.

Over-the-counter mouth guards 

Over-the-counter mouth guards are far less effective than custom-fitted mouth guards. This is due to the fact that they are stock mouth guards that do not require fitting; instead, they are simply placed in hot water and then self-fitted by biting into the mould. This creates an imperfect fit.

How should I look after my mouth guard?

  • Always rinse your mouth guard in cold water after use and occasionally rinse it in mouthwash;
  • Store in a rigid plastic container;
  • Keep out of direct sunlight as mouth guards can change shape in high temperatures;
  • Have your mouth guard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up; and
  • Should your mouth guard sustain damage in any way be sure to replace it.

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