What are MouthGaurds used for?
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20 January 2023

What are MouthGaurds used for?



What are Mouthguards? 


Mouthguards are protective dental tools usually made of plastic or rubber that are worn to protect your teeth and gums from trauma. They come in different shapes, sizes, and materials and can be used to treat various dental concerns. From recreational use to professional sports, mouthguards play an important role in many activities to help prevent any kind of injury. 


Types of Mouthguards 


There are many types of mouthguards for different activities.  

The most common type of mouthguard is a Stock mouthguard, which is pre-formed and ready to wear. These can be purchased at sporting goods stores and require no customization. Custom-made mouthguards, on the other hand, are made by dentists to fit perfectly and provide additional protection. 


What are Mouthguards used for? 


Mouthguards are most commonly used during contact sports, such as football, lacrosse, boxing, and ice hockey.  

  • The primary purpose of a mouthguard is to protect the teeth, jawbones, and soft tissues, such as the lips and tongue, from trauma that can occur during physical activity. The mouthguard provides a cushion to absorb blows and protect the teeth and gums from chipping and breaking. 


  • Mouthguards are also used to treat bruxism or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can cause tooth enamel to wear away and can lead to extreme discomfort and even jaw pain. Wearing a mouthguard can reduce the amount of grinding and protect the teeth from further damage. 


  • Mouthguards can also be used to protect the teeth during sleep. Some people suffer from sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes the airway to become blocked, resulting in snoring and interrupted breathing during sleep. Wearing a mouthguard can help keep the airway open and reduce snoring. 


  • Finally, mouthguards can be used to reduce the gag reflex, which can be uncomfortable when brushing or flossing. The gag reflex is caused by the tongue blocking the back of the throat, which can be uncomfortable or even painful. Wearing a mouthguard can open up the airway, making brushing and flossing more comfortable and reducing the gag reflex. 


Mouthguards can provide protection and comfort for a variety of activities. Whether you are a professional athlete or just looking to protect your teeth, a mouthguard can be a great investment. Talk to your dentist to find out if a mouthguard is right for you.