Yearly Oral Health Reminders: Mouth Guards

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Are you in need of a mouth guard? The truth is, very little people often think about the need of a mouth guard, as there are for prevention and protection rather than for restorations and repair. Typically, as humans, we only seek treatments after a disaster has already arisen. However, mouth guards are extremely important, as they can protect your teeth against severe oral trauma that can completely disrupt your smile.

Common forms of mouth guards include custom-made options such as those made by a dentist or boil-and-bite mouth guards. In addition, stock mouth guards can be used if you are interested in a pre-formed version that can immediately be used. However, even though they are ready to wear, they will not effectively contour to your dental impression. Speak with your dentist to determine which form of mouth guard is best for you.

Always protect your smile with mouth guards, and make sure your mouth guards are in good condition. It is possible for your mouth cards to fall into disrepair, so always replace them if they show any signs of damage. Usually, children will need to replace their mouth guards much more frequently, as their smiles are constantly growing and changing.

When cleaning your mouth guards, always use cool, soapy water and be sure to rinse it thoroughly before putting it back into your mouth. If you need to store your mouth guards, store them in a sturdy container that has ventilation to prevent it from harboring moisture which can contribute to bacteria.

For additional assistance with mouth guards, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC and our team at Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Tucson, Arizona, please call us at 520-298-5556 to speak with a member of our team.