Teeth structure is exceptionally strong, and you can enjoy the form and function of your teeth for the better part of your lifetime if you take care of your overall dental health. Taking proper care of your dental health involves good oral care habits, as well as going to the dentist for regular check-ups to ensure that dental problems may be prevented – or treated in the earliest possible time.
However, there are times when even the best dental health care may not be enough to ensure that your teeth are protected. Trauma to the teeth and the facial areas can come from accidents, injuries, or even from unconscious teeth grinding. If you feel that you need additional protection from your teeth from these events or circumstances, a mouth guard may be your best option.
WHAT ARE MOUTH GUARDS?
Mouth guards are dental devices or appliances that protect your teeth, and the whole oral cavity, from serious trauma due to accidents, injuries, or even from teeth grinding. A mouth guard can also protect the lips and other soft oral tissues from suffering from serious injuries, especially when engaging in contact sports such as basketball, boxing, or football. Mouth guards are usually provided to provide protection for the upper teeth; however, there are cases when mouth guards can be created to fit over (and protect) the lower teeth parts as well.