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Have you ever watched or participated in a sporting event? If you have, you may notice something common among the players. They’re all wearing mouth guards. Mouth guards, which are also known as mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of broken teeth or injures to your lips, jaw, tongue or gums.

If you participate in recreational activities or sports, it may be time to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to determine which mouth guard will provide the best protection to you and your mouth. Here are the three different types of mouth guards:

Boil and Bite

These mouth guards are what you would typically see in a sporting goods store or at your local drugstore. They are first softened in boiling water and then inserted into your mouth where it will form to the shape of your mouth and teeth.

Stock

This particular mouth guard is generally the least expensive, but may give the least amount of protection. Stock mouth guards come pre-formed and ready to wear, meaning they are less-likely to fit and form to your mouth.

Custom-fitted

Custom-fitted mouth guards are personally made by your dentist. They tend to be more expensive than the other versions, but offer the best fit for your mouth because they are customized.

No matter what you decide, it is important to keep your mouth guard clean. Make sure to rinse before and after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste, as you would brushing your teeth. Store your mouth guard in a sturdy container that is ventilated. And make sure to occasionally check for wear and tear to see if your mouth guard needs replacing.

Keeping your mouth safe is just as important to us as it is to you, especially while playing sports. Call us at 949-366-1177 today for a consultation!