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You deserve a strong and healthy smile. To achieve that goal, you need to keep up with oral hygiene, visit your dentist, and have a balanced diet. You also need to protect your teeth and gums when you participate in high-contact sports and activities. If you’re not careful, hard, forceful objects can hit your mouth and cause oral injury. This is why it’s recommended to wear a mouth guard while you’re active.

There are three different types of mouth guards you can use. Those include stock mouth guards, boil-and-bite mouth guards, and custom-made mouth guards. The stock mouth guards are ready to wear when you take them out of the package. They are inexpensive and they can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. The boil-and-bite mouth guards can also be found at sporting goods stores and they are made from a thermoplastic material. You can personalize the mouth guard by softening it in hot water, placing it in your mouth to shape it, and then letting it cool. Custom-made mouth guards are made just for you and it will fit perfectly in your smile. Your dentists usually create the guard, and it helps you fully protect your smile all while allowing you to properly breathe.

There are also additional people who can benefit from a mouth guard. Those people are the ones who grind their teeth at night. This habit is called bruxism. If you grind your teeth, it’s important to wear a mouth guard so your teeth don’t get worn down. If you’re not careful, the habit can break and fracture your teeth.

If you have any questions about mouth guards in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, please call Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, & Ahmadzadeh at 570-689-2449 and talk to our dental team! We would also be happy to make you a customized mouth guard if you schedule an appointment with Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, and Ahmadzadeh. We look forward to hearing from you!