Mouthguards are oral appliances worn over your teeth that protect them from sports or grinding-related injuries. Some mouthguards can also help reduce snoring and treat obstructive sleep apnea.
As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Best at Marlayna C. Best in Andover, New Jersey, and Best Dental Care NJ in Newton, New Jersey, specializes in solving sports and lifestyle-related oral concerns and offers a variety of solutions, including mouthguards.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three different types of mouthguards available on the market:
Stock mouthguards: These are the most commonly available mouthguards found in most sporting goods and drug stores. They are available in small, medium, and large sizes and typically cover your upper teeth.
Custom-made mouthguards: These are mouthguards explicitly designed for your situation by Dr. Best. During your visit, Dr. Best will take a mold of your teeth to create a mouthguard that fits snugly. Custom mouthguards are the best option for people who grind their teeth or have sleep apnea.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards: These mouthguards are available in most drugstores. To ensure they have a comfortable fit, you need to boil them in hot water and then bite down on them. They are more efficient than most stock mouthguards.
Who Needs a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are necessary for adults and kids who play sports, have breathing issues due to sleep apnea or have a teeth-grinding habit. Using them prevents the teeth from getting damaged.
How to Care for Your Mouthguard?
Here are a few things Dr. Best recommends you do to care for your mouthguard:
- Brush and floss your teeth before wearing them.
- Use a toothbrush to clean the mouthguard regularly.
- Avoid putting the mouthguard in hot water as this can cause it to warp or change shape.
- Store your mouthguard in a rigid container with ventilation to help keep it dry between uses.
Learn more about mouthguards and their benefits by contacting Dr. Best at Best Dental Care. Schedule a consultation now by calling our Newton, New Jersey, office at (973) 383-5700 or our Andover, New Jersey, office at (973) 786-5588 or by booking online.
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