By Newmarket Dentistry
June 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthguards  

Keeping your teeth healthy plays a key role in keeping your body healthy as well. However, athletes must take special care to protect mouth guardtheir teeth from injury, especially in sports like football and hockey. Luckily, protecting your teeth is easier than ever with help from your Newmarket, ON dentist at Newmarket Dentistry.

How do mouthguards work? 
Mouthguards protect the teeth from harm and prevent a tooth or mouth injury during contact sports, nighttime teeth grinding, and even non-contact sports. Mouthguards greatly decrease the chance of injury to the teeth and act as a kind of shock absorber for trauma. In addition to protecting the teeth, mouthguards also protect the oral tissues, such as the gums, tongue, and inner cheeks. Missing or damaged teeth can affect self-esteem, making social situations awkward or embarrassing. Additionally, damaged teeth are an open door for the development of more complex dental issues.

Mouthguards in Newmarket, ON

  • Off-the-Shelf: This type of mouthguard is available at most drug and sporting goods stores and is simply a one-size-fits-all guard. Though these guards protect the teeth from injury, they are not as effective as other kinds of mouthguards available.
  • Boil and Bite: Boil and bite mouthguards are easily found at most sporting goods stores. This type of guard comes out of the package hard and rigid. To make it moldable, you boil the guard, which softens it and allows you to mold it around your teeth or bite into the soft and malleable materials to create a more customized mouthguard.
  • Custom-Made: The best mouthguard is customized at a dental laboratory based on a mold of your mouth taken at your dentist’s office. Since everyone is different, this type of guard’s design takes into consideration your lifestyle and sport. A custom-made mouthguard is your best protection against a tooth and mouth injury.

A custom-made mouthguard from your dentist is created exactly for your mouth, ensuring a perfect fit. This means the guard does not move around or shift during practices or games effectively protecting your teeth. For more information on mouthguards, please contact Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Call (905) 830-1010 to schedule your consultation for a custom-made mouthguard today!