Numerous risk factors and hazards in our day-to-day life put our smile at risk on a daily basis. Even walking down the street could potentially lead to an oral accident or injury. Although many individuals may not find themselves wearing a productive oral appliance at all times, it is a good idea to consider oral appliances such as a mouth guard if you constantly partake in activities and games that are known to be a high risk for dental damage.
Be sure to take care of your mouthguard so it can continue to function effectively. This includes storing it in a safe place when not in use. To prevent contamination, always make sure it is placed in an aired-out area where moisture will not build up. In addition, never leave in the sun or in hot water or even in areas where a young family member or a family pet can get to it. If for any reason your mouth guard begins to fail or fray, visit your dentist for a repair or replacement.
Three common types of mouth guards you can choose from include custom-made mouthguards, stock mouthguards, and boil and bite mouth guards. If you do decide on a custom-made mouth guard, visit your dentist so they can craft you one that fits your exact dental profile. This ensures it’ll stay on tight and provide the maximum possible protection. Alternatively, stock mouth guards are pre-constructed and ready-to-wear, but will not fit your dental profile. Another option is a boil and bite mouth guard, which is placed in heavy water and then bitten into to create your dental impression.
No matter the customizable mouth guards you are in need of, Dr. Pam Chamberland and our team at Chamberland Dentistry are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Shelbyville, Tennessee, please call us at 931-684-9167 to speak with a member of our team.