A mouth guard is also known as a mouth protector or mouth piece or gum shield or gum guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. These protectors are worn over teeth and most often used to prevent injury during sports, teeth grinding, as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching etc,.
It is recommended that anyone who participates in an event where there is a chance of significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. Players of football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball are recommended to wear. Mouth guards are stiff, cushioned molds that fit closely over the upper teeth. They provide support and padding for the teeth and jaw if you take a blow to the face or head. They reduce the risk of broken or lost teeth and other mouth injuries such as lacerations in the inside of the mouth.
Caring tips for mouth guards:
- Wash, rinse ans clean your mouth guard with soap and water after each and every use.
- Place the mouth guard in a container where there is some air flow.
- Don’t expose to the warm conditions which will change into different shapes.
- Please check your mouth guard occasionally when you go to the dentist for finding holes etc.
- Don’t chew while you are on mouth guard this will alters the shape of the mouth guard.
- Avoid bending mouth guard.
- Brush your mouth guard like your teeth.
- Replace if it entirely changes.
- Don’t try to adjust mouth guard with your own.
The above are the few tips which enable proper care for your mouth guards.