A mouth guard is a thin, plastic dental device that you can purchase from either your dentist’s office or over the counter from a drug store or even a sporting goods store. Mouth guards have a variety of uses. One of the most common uses being to protect your teeth from trauma during sporting events or other athletic activities.
However, there are also uses for mouth guards that your dentist may recommend that go beyond sporting events. These uses may include TMJ treatment, protecting veneers and other dental investments from damage, and putting an end to nighttime teeth grinding. If you choose to use a mouth guard for any of these purposes it is important to only do so under the advice of a dental professional. For these purposes, your dentist may also prefer to fit you for a mouth guard to their specifications.
Mouth guards are also important tools for protecting your teeth during football, soccer and other contact sports. You can often buy a mouth guard for these purposes very inexpensively from the sporting goods store and fit it yourself at home.
No matter what the use for your mouth guard it is important to keep it clean. Wash your mouth guard every day using warm water and soap as well as a mouthwash if you would like. Allow your mouth guard to air dry and replace it regularly as needed.
If you believe that a mouth guard may help with your dental discomfort or during your athletic activities, discuss your concerns with your Diamond Spring Dental professional today.
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