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What Is A Mouthguard?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
What Is A Mouthguard?A mouthguard is a device used to guard the teeth against injuries, and it is usually made of rubber or plastic. It is essential, especially for people who play sports like rugby, basketball, badminton, baseball, etc. This kind of device is also used to prevent common dental diseases like gum infections and tooth cavities. The best part is that you can find mouthguards in different sizes, shapes, and colors. They are very comfortable to wear, and you can also choose the material you most prefer. The most common types of mouthguards are custom-made, and they are found in a dentist's office.

Mouthguards and Bruxism

Mouthguards are not only meant for people who play sports. They are also suitable for people with teeth grinding issues. This is because they help reduce the teeth' clenching while you sleep. Teeth grinding usually causes teeth fracture and cracks but using a mouthguard will help eliminate these issues. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that he can manufacture a well-fitting mouthguard for you. The custom-made night mouthguard is always the best as it will not cause any pain and will effectively eliminate bruxism.

How Do Mouthguards Work?

Mouthguards work by separating your upper jaw from the lower jaw so that your teeth do not knock or meet in case of an accident. Also, if you have a teeth-grinding issue, you will not be able to clench your teeth because the mouthguard has separated your upper and lower teeth set. This significantly helps reduce pain around your jaw and ensures your teeth and gums remain in good health.

How to Care for Your Mouthguard

Mouthguards need to be well cleaned and stored since they carry a lot of germs that can lead to oral infections. You can also bring your mouthguard to our clinic to have it cleaned thoroughly. Our dentist will also ensure that your mouthguard is well-fitting and is working effectively.

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