Dental mouth guards are dental appliances that are used to protect the teeth, gums, and supporting tissues. Your dentist may prescribe a mouth guard for a number of reasons. Depending on the reason for your mouth guard, you may receive different directions for how long or when to wear it. For example, mouth guards for teeth grinding are generally worn only at night, while sports mouth guards are worn during practice.
Did You Know?
Although over the counter mouth guards are available, they are not as effective as a prescription mouth guard. This is because a mouth guard from your dentist is customized for your exact mouth and purpose. While some people may have success with over the counter mouth guards, they can make some conditions worse. For this reason, many people opt to see their dentist for a custom mouth guard.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a dental mouth guard?
You may need a dental mouth guard if you:
- Grind or clench your teeth
- Play certain sports
- Have fragile bridgework
- Need a barrier between braces and your lips
To determine if a dental mouth guard is right for you, schedule a consultation with your Kamloops dentist today.
What should I expect when being fit for a mouth guard?
First, your dentist will perform an oral exam to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. This will help to determine what type of mouth guard would work best for your individual case. Then your dentist will take a dental impression or oral scan of your mouth to fabricate a customized mouth guard. In some cases, you may be able to leave with your mouth guard that day or you may need to come in for a second appointment to pick up your mouth guard.
How do I care for my dental mouth guard?
To care for your mouth guard, you will need to occasionally soak it in cool, soapy water to keep it clean. Additionally, when it is not in your mouth it should be stored in its protective case to prevent it from becoming damaged or lost. You will also need to bring your mouth guard to your regular dental exams so your dentist can check it for signs of wear.