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We have heard people saying that people playing contact sports wear a mouthguard. We have seen wrestlers put in something in their mouths before the combat. But, what exactly is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a jaw-shaped appliance that protects your mouth from any kind of blows. It acts as cushion for your teeth. It minimises your risk of a broken tooth or broken teeth or cut lips and tongue. They mostly cover your upper teeth and protects your teeth, gums and lips from the trauma.
A mouthguard is custom made for every person. The size of the dental arch varies from person to person. So, it is important to know the exact size of your dental arch before making a mouthguard for you.
Our dental surgeon will take a full mouth impression and then send it to the lab to prepare a mouthguard suitable for you.
mouthguards are usually made of Ethylene-vinyl acetate, commonly known as EVA. Some of the newer technologies offer an alternative, stronger thermo-polymer that allows for lower molding temperature to prevent burning by piping-hot water.
Sometimes, your doctor will ask you to wear a mouthguard at night. That is to prevent bruxism. Some of us have the tend to clench our teeth at night while sleeping. This leads to loss of tooth enamel resulting in sensitivity. In such cases, the doctor advises the use of mouthguards at night to protect your teeth.
A mouthguard will last you longer if you maintain it properly.
You must clean your mouthguard regularly and keep it in a cleaned container. If you use it this way, your mouthguard will easily last a good 3-5 years on an average.
To know if you need a mouthguard, you have to book an appointment with us and visit our dental surgeons. They are the best judge regarding what you need and what you don’t when it comes to your oral cavity.
If you have any further queries, you can always call us on our helpline number. We are available 24*7 to cater to all your dental needs.