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What are some precautions you are taking for your mouth while participating in sports? Whether it’s being cautious on the field or avoiding physical contact, one of the best ways to protect your smile is using a mouth guard. Dr. Brent Bitner and our dental associates want you to protect your smile whether it’s on the court, field, or track. Here are some risks when not wearing and different types of dental guards.

Mouth guards are created to protect the upper teeth, especially when it comes to those wearing braces, against any damage such as biting or cutting of the lips. Not wearing a dental guard leave you at risk for root damage, damaging a tooth restoration, chipped/broken teeth, lip or cheek lacerations, or a fractured jaw.

Three different kinds of mouth guards include stock, “boil and bite,” or custom-made dental guards. Stock mouth guards are the least expensive protectant you can find. They don’t typically fit as well and can make breathing a little difficult with their shape and bulkiness.

“Boil and bite” mouth guards are pre-made in the shape of teeth’s arches. These change to fit your teeth when put in boiling water. This is until it’s soft enough to bite into and form your teeth shape, and they work efficiently if directions are followed. You can find these at a sporting goods store.

Custom-made mouth guards are ordered and specifically designed for your smile. Your dentist first measures your teeth with an impression model. This is formed to your specifications and what will provide the best protection and fit. Although these tend to cost more, athletes prefer this for its better fit and protection.

Call Cottage Grove Dental in Cottage Grove, Oregon, at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment to find what mouth guard is best for teeth’s protection. Our team wants to help give you the protection and dental care you need, so visit us today!