A mouth guard is a protective oral gear that is made in the shape of a jaw and is normally used to protect one's mouth from injury. There are different types of mouth guards which are used for different reasons such as during sports and as prescribed by the dentist.
It is common to find them among people aged 50years and above. This is because most people past that age have worn out their natural teeth and need support for their oral health concerns.
How Many Types Of Mouth Guards Exist?
There are three different types of mouth guards. First on the list are the stock mouth guards. These can be found is local sports shops as well as drug stores. They are basic and only come in three fits of large, medium and small.
They are not the most dependable since they hardly fit perfectly. They can also make talking impossible while wearing them. The second type is the boil-and-bite mouth guard. It requires that you boil it, then bite on it to capture the fit of your teeth. This too is available at local drugstores. The third is custom mouth guards.
Why Do People Choose Custom Mouth Guards?
People with oral health complications such as TMJ disorders and sleep apnea opt for custom made mouth guards since they give them a perfect fit tailored just for their mouth. Dentists advise against acquiring stock mouth guards when treating conditions like sleep apnea because the protective gear could end up dislocating and night and putting the patient in danger. People also go for custom made mouth guards since they are more comfortable to have and allow you to speak and move your mouth easily.
We recommend seeing one of our dentists today and getting a custom made mouth guard that fits well for you and allows you to sit comfortably. Call us at our office for more information.
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