Dental Mouthguards for Adults and Kids

Dental Mouthguards for Adults and Kids
Moggill Village Dentist

Customised Mouthguards

Dental Mouthguards are for those who play contact sports are especially at risk for injury and trauma to their teeth. Although there are a variety of mouthguards available at sporting goods stores, it is important to ensure that they fit properly. Only a well-fitting, customized mouthguard can protect your teeth. It is because a customized mouthguard reduces the risk of damage to your teeth by spreading the impact of contact.

Who needs a mouthguard?

To prevent sports-related injuries, dentists recommend mouth guards for children and adults participating in contact sports, such as basketball, wrestling, soccer, and volleyball.

Additionally, if you grind or clench your teeth at night, snore or have obstructive sleep apnea, you will need it.

Often, damaged, loosened or knocked out teeth require expensive dental visits. If you opt for a customized mouth guard, you can minimize the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and other soft tissues in your mouth. Therefore, a mouthguard can prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to teeth, and even tooth loss.

What are the different types of mouth guards?

  • Stock mouthguard: Covers only the top teeth
  • The boil-and-bite mouthguard is customizable to fit your teeth
  • A custom-made product is one that is made specifically for the structure of your teeth and mouth using a mold of your teeth. 

Custom-made Mouthguards:

This type fits you better than the stock and boil-and-bite guards. Besides being more comfortable, it is also harder to dislodge while sleeping. It is the best solution for people who grind their teeth, snore or have sleep apnea. Although it may cost more, many dental insurance plans cover most or all of its cost. 

What would your dentist recommend?

For sports: Due to the high risk of injuries to your face, a stock or boil-and-bite mouth guard would help protect your teeth and prevent injuries to your lips and tongue.

Teeth grinding: It is a sleep-related disorder that causes tooth pain, jaw ache, sore gums, and even damage to your teeth. Wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard will help keep your top and bottom teeth apart.

Sleep Apnea: A person with sleep apnea may temporarily stop breathing while asleep due to this potentially serious sleep disorder. This can lead to excessive snoring. For mild sleep apnea, your dentist may suggest a custom-made mouth guard that keeps your airways open at night.

Snoring: Mouth guards keep your airways open by pulling your lower jaw forward.

You can wear a mouthguard whether you play sports or suffer from sleep disorders.  Call us at 07 3492 9090. We will guide you through the process of choosing the optimal mouthguard based on your needs.

Definition of Dental Terminology

Stock Mouthguard

Stock mouthguards can be purchased from a sporting goods store, pharmacy, or other retail stores.

Boil-and-bite mouth guard

The “boil and bite” mouth guard is placed in hot water to soften, after which it is placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth.

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding, medically called bruxism is a condition in which you unconsciously grind, gnash or clench your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Most frequent questions and answers
Q. Can I wear a mouthguard with braces?

It is very important to wear a mouthguard if you play sports or clench or grind your teeth when you wear braces. Your dentist will customize the mouthguard specifically for braces that cover both the upper and lower teeth, especially for sports. This will protect not only your teeth but also your lips, tongue and cheeks.

Q. Will a mouth guard help me to prevent teeth grinding?

They’re made for that reason. Essentially, mouth guards act as a buffer between upper and lower teeth. The majority of people who grind their teeth (called bruxism) are not aware they do so. Anxiety and stress are the main causes. Grinding your teeth may cause problems. Headaches and TMJ are the most common side effects. Mouth guards don’t have to be worn all day. You can wear one at night to stop grinding your teeth.

Q. How do I take care of my mouthguard?

Follow the steps below to protect and maintain your mouthguard:

  • Put your mouthguard on after brushing and flossing.
  • Clean the mouthguard with cool, soapy water and rinse it with cool water or mouthwash before putting it in and after removing it. Avoid using hot water since it could warp.
  • Clean it after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Make sure that the mouthguard is checked regularly for any signs of damage such as tears or holes; if it is loose or causes discomfort, it should be replaced right away.
  • You should use a firm, perforated container to store or transport the mouthguard. This allows air to circulate and prevents damage. For acrylic mouth guards, store them in fresh water.
  • Direct sunlight or hot surfaces can cause the mouthguard to distort. It must be protected from high temperatures.
  • Make sure you bring your mouthguard when you visit the dentist so that they can check whether it fits properly.

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