Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards in Tacoma, WA

A mouth guard, sometimes called a mouth protector, is a protective device worn over your teeth to prevent injuries during sports, and to protect teeth against the effects of bruxism as you sleep.

There are three main types of mouth guards—stock mouth guards, boil-and-bite mouth guards, and custom mouthguards. Stock mouth guards are preformed mouth guards that you can buy at any sporting goods store. Stock mouth guards aren’t known for their comfort or effectiveness.

Boil-and-bite mouth guards, as the name suggests, are thermoplastic mouth protectors that are put in hot water before installation. They’re a little more flexible than stock mouth guards but don’t come close to custom-made mouth guards.

Custom-made mouth guards are exactly what the dentist ordered. These are made to fit, are unique to an individual’s needs, and offer ultimate comfort and protection.

Before using any of these mouth guards, it’s necessary to consult with your dentist. Tacoma Family Dentistry & TMJ/Sleep Apnea Centre provides different types of mouth guards to children and adults alike. Visit our dental offices in Tacoma, WA if you’d like to get the best mouth guard for your circumstances.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

Here at Tacoma Family Dentistry & TMJ/Sleep Apnea Centre, we recommend mouth guards or mouth protectors for:

  • Individuals who are active in sports, especially impact sports such as soccer or football. During games, mouth guards protect the teeth of children and adults alike, thus preventing injury, which could result in tooth loss.
  • People who struggle with teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism, should wear mouth guards to prevent wear and tear of teeth.
  • Mouth guards may be used in the treatment of mild cases of sleep apnea. In such cases, our dentist makes custom mouth guards that keep the patient’s airways open at night.

Caring For Your Mouth Guard

Your mouth guard is an essential component of your oral well-being, and as such, you should take crucial steps to guarantee it’s effectiveness. Remember to practice the following when using a mouth guard:

  • Clean your teeth thoroughly before putting in your mouth guard.
  • Rinse your mouth guard after use. Use lukewarm water or mouthwash.
  • Watch out for signs of wear and tear—an indication that it’s time for a replacement.
  • Carry your mouth guard to your dental appointments so that our dentist can examine it to see whether it still fits properly
  • Store your mouth guard in a well-ventilated container, and away from your pets.

Visit our dental offices in Tacoma, WA if you’d like to replace your old mouth guard or if you want a mouth guard for the very first time. Our dentist will walk you through the use of a mouth guard and ensure that you get a mouth protector that fits perfectly into your life and needs.

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