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Custom Sports Mouth Guards

Sports guards are a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Sports guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. Sports guards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

Properly diagnosed, designed, and custom fabricated mouth guards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral/facial injuries. A properly fitted mouth guard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing, and most importantly, have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas.

There are 3 basic types of sports guards. Your dentist can explain the difference in cost and comfort, and how well they can protect you or your child.

  1. Custom-fitted mouth guards are made especially for you by your dentist. They offer a better fit and comfort which means your child is more likely to wear the mouth guard. Your dentist can make a mouth guard that is a perfect fit for your mouth.
  2. Boil and bite mouth guards are available at many sporting goods stores. They can offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors and are softened in hot water. By softening the mouth guard, it can more easily take to the shape of your mouth but because it is a one-size fits all mouth guard, it will be bulky in certain areas.
  3. Stock mouth guards are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult which means your child may not wear the mouth guard.

Click here for more information about Mouth Guards from the Canadian Dental Association.

Bruxism Night Mouth Guards

Bruxism is a habit that is characterized by the grinding of teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. Clenching refers to holding your jaw tightly closed, causing additional stress on your teeth. Your jaw should only be closed when eating, or chewing. An individual who bruxes (clenches) may experience such symptoms as jaw pain and headaches. It is common for patients to complain about experiencing headaches in the morning, after a long night of grinding or clenching their teeth. Many times it is your dentist or hygienist that will first see the wear patterns on your teeth and inform you about your grinding. Your dentist can make a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and fix your bruxism issues. Talk to your dentist about your options today.

Click here for more information about Mouth Guards from the Canadian Dental Association.