Athletic Mouth Guards FAQs

Below are our most Athletic Mouth Guards FAQs:

What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a covering worn over teeth to protect them during sports or to protect from damage due to teeth grinding.

What are the different types of mouth guards?

There are 3 types used to protect teeth during athletic activity.

  1. Stock mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.
  2. Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The boil and bite mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
  3. Custom-fitted mouth guards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

In addition, those who grind their teeth at night can benefit from a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint provided by their dentist. In all cases, an effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

Who should use a sports mouth guard?

Mouth guards should be used by anyone — both children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in non-contact sports and recreational activities (such as gymnastics, skateboarding, and mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

What kinds of injuries can a mouth guard prevent?

It can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and the soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.

How often should a mouth guard be replaced?

An adult mouth guard can last several years, depending on the frequency of use, the care of the mouth guard, and if the mouth guard has been damaged, in which case it must be replaced. Loss of teeth and new tooth restorations fillings can affect the fit of the mouth guard, and a new one should be made if the fit is compromised.

A child’s mouth guard should be replaced more frequently than an adult’s due to growth of the jaw, loss of baby teeth and eruption of adult teeth. Any of these factors could affect the fit of the mouth guard and make it uncomfortable to wear and less protective.

How often should a mouth guard be replaced?

An adult mouth guard can last several years, depending on the frequency of use, the care of the mouth guard, and if the mouth guard has been damaged, in which case it must be replaced. Loss of teeth and new tooth restorations fillings can affect the fit of the mouth guard, and a new one should be made if the fit is compromised.

A child’s mouth guard should be replaced more frequently than an adult’s due to growth of the jaw, loss of baby teeth and eruption of adult teeth. Any of these factors could affect the fit of the mouth guard and make it uncomfortable to wear and less protective.

How should I care for a mouth guard?

After use, rinse your mouth guard in cold, soapy water. If an odor develops, it may also be rinsed with mouthwash. After it is clean and dry, your mouth guard should be placed in a clean plastic container. Mouth guards should not be stored in direct sunlight, left in a car on a hot day, or placed in hot water to disinfect.

Does the athlete undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces) need a mouth guard?

Yes. In fact, the mouth guard will protect against damage that the braces can cause to soft tissue if there is direct impact to the jaw. When making the mouth guard impression for someone with braces, special wax is placed over the braces so the impression material does not get stuck in the brackets or the wires.

What kind of mouth guard does 7 Day Dental offer?

7 Day Dental offers custom made sports mouth guards and night guards for those who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding). Your dentist will be happy to show you samples and answer all of your questions.

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