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If you or your child play a sport, our dentist may recommend a mouth guard.

 

What Are Mouth Guards?

A sports mouth guard is worn over the teeth to protect the teeth and soft tissues from blows to the face and head. A mouth guard typically covers the upper teeth to protect the wearer from broken teeth, cut lips, or another injury to the mouth. A mouth guard should be worn by anyone who plays a sport that involves falls, body contact, or flying equipment, like basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, or gymnastics.

 

What Are the Types of Mouth Guards?

The mouth guard you choose should be resilient, comfortable, and tear resistant. There are three main types of mouth guards:

– Stock Mouth Guards – These mouth guards are preformed and ready to wear. They are very inexpensive, but they don’t fit as well as other mouth guards. Stock mouth guards are bulky, so breathing and talking may be difficult.

– Boil & Bite Mouth Guards – These mouth guards are fitted to your smile at home. The mouth guard is boiled in water and then by biting down into the plastic, a customized fit is achieved. Boil and bite mouth guards can be bought at many sporting goods stores.

– Custom-Made Mouth Guards – These mouth guards can be obtained at New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. As custom-made mouth guards are fitted by a professional, they provide the most comfortable fit and the most protection. Our dentists will take an impression of your teeth so that the mouth guard can be constructed.

We welcome you to contact our office at 603-672-6546 today to learn more about mouth guards in Amherst, New Hampshire, and to schedule a visit with our dentists.