Customized Sports Mouth Guards in Northern New Jersey
Mouth guards are considered as important pieces of protective gear that people use all the time to protect their oral cavities when undertaking a wide range of physical activities. Athletes and regular people alike use mouth guards to prevent oral injuries during sports or other vigorous activities. According to statistics gathered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, hundreds of thousands of injuries are occurring every year that involve the face and the mouth, all of which may have been avoided or minimized if a mouth guard had been worn.
Mouth guards provide valuable protection for the jaws, face, tongue, lips, and the teeth. It effectively prevents the teeth from tearing into the soft tissues of the mouth, or from being knocked out during traumatic injury. It helps absorb the pressure and ease some of the stress off of the teeth in cases when excessive physical force or tension is applied, especially on the patient’s facial area that is common during aggressive sports or abrupt physical contact. They can also protect restorations such as dental bridges or braces if they are present in the patient’s mouth.
Mouth guards or mouth protectors typically come in three basic designs.
- Ready to use mouth guards are available in countless retail stores and are probably the most convenient types to get. Although they are very accessible, however, ready to use mouth guards do not fit the patient’s mouth very well, thereby giving the patient only minimal protection and can easily become dislodged.
- Another common type of mouth guard is the “boil and bite” mouth guard, which is also readily available in retail stores nationwide. Before these mouth protectors are used, instructions are given to boil the mouthpiece to soften the plastic polymer, after which it is allowed to slightly cool and immediately inserted into the mouth as the patient bite down on it so that it takes on the shape of the patient’s teeth. The molding process is aided by tongue and finger pressure from the patient.
- Custom fitted mouth guards are made by your dentist to fit your mouth specifically. Because these appliances are tailored to fit to each individual, they provide a much higher margin of protection, and give the patients a greater measure of confidence in their ability to protect their mouths and other facial structures.
If you are one to use a mouth guard regularly, then you should know the basics of caring for your mouth guard. A mouth guard is for strict personal use only. It needs to be cleaned regularly with warm soap and water and allowed to air dry after each use. Recently, antiseptic mouthwash has become an accepted solution for soaking mouth guards and has been found to be effective in removing many kinds of germs and bacteria on the appliance. Failure to keep your mouth guard clean will allow the proliferation of microorganisms that may enter your mouth the next time you use your mouth guard, which makes you vulnerable to infections.