protect your teeth for clenching using mouthguards

Do you have bruxism or practice any contact sport? Mouthguards are for you.

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Many people need more than just brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year. If you have bruxism or you are practicing contact sports, you should protect your teeth from wear and accidental breakage with mouthguards.

Mouthguards are retainer-like pieces of plastic that cover the entire mouth. If you suffer bruxism, the mouthguards (also called nightguards), can stop your jaws from clenching preventing damage to the teeth.

There are three main types of mouthguards:

  • Stock mouth protectors: They are ready to wear, you can buy at pharmacies or sport stores. They are cheap but dentist don’t recommend them frequently use because they don’t offer the level of protection your teeth need.
  • Boil and bite the mouth guards. You can find them at many sports stores. They are made of thermoplastic material and can offer a better fit than common mouth guards. Many athletes prefer this type of mouth guard because they are durable, easy to clean and they are quickly placed in the mouth.
  • Custom-made mouthguards. They are designed to provide the most comfortable protection. Our dentists in Cancun are able to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly. These will prevent damage to the jaw, gums and teeth.

Your physician can suggest an effective mouthguard should not restrict your breathing or speech. If you have braces, it’s very important talk to your dentist about the best options for protecting your teeth if you play sports, he or she will give you the instructions to avoid possible accidents.

Keep your mouthguard clean. You have to brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste regularly to remove any bacteria and avoid possible mouth infections. Replace your mouthguard when it begins to show signs of wear is vitally important to avoid to keep bacteria and fungi from growing on your protector.

If you have a question about mouthguards or any dental issue, send us a message and we will provide the information required as soon as possible.

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