Just as brushing and flossing are extremely effective for protecting your teeth from microscopic damage that can occur due to harmful acids and plaque buildup, it is important to protect your smile against oral accidents or injuries that can arise from high-risk activities and contact sports. Thus, it is important to make sure you are wearing the appropriate safety gear, including mouthguards.
If you require a mouth guard, there are three main options to choose from. One of the most effective mouth guards is a custom-made guard designed by your dentist to fit the natural contours of your teeth. Another customizable version is known as boil and bite mouth guards. For pre-formed, ready to wear mouth guards, stock guards can be used.
Once you’ve selected your mouth guard, it is important to make sure you take care of it, so it can continue to function effectively. In addition, always make sure it’s clean and wash it off as necessary. Typically, a mouth guard should be soaked in cool, soapy water and rinsed off before inserting it back into your mouth. Always be sure to store it in a sturdy container that is ventilated to ensure it can stay dry and to prevent bacteria from growing on it.
It’s never too late for a mouth guard treatment from Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C.. Enhancing your smile is as easy as picking up your phone and dialing 502-955-6516 to schedule a session with Dr. Robert A. Bell and our team at our dentist office in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.