4 Instances When You Can Benefit From Using a Custom Mouthguard

Dentist Blog

Most people know that a mouthguard is a necessary piece of equipment for playing contact sports like rugby or Australian rules football. Mouthguards prevent costly dental injuries. But there is a big difference in the quality of protection provided by a custom mouthguard and a store-bought mouthguard. Custom mouthguards, created by dentists, are a much better option.

If you are considering your mouthguard options at this time, then here are just some of the ways that a custom mouthguard can protect your and your teeth.

1. For night-time tooth grinding

People grind their teeth during times of stress. Tooth misalignment is also another cause of tooth grinding. And when that grinding occurs at night, you are not conscious and therefore cannot regulate the forces exerted by your teeth. This can put your teeth under enormous pressure.

A custom mouthguard is made of superior material, is well fitted, and is more comfortable than a store-bought mouthguard. Thus, if you grind your teeth, a custom mouthguard will stay in position as you sleep and stop you from damaging your teeth while you sleep.

2. For playing contact sports

Custom mouthguards fit your teeth comfortably and help to absorb impacts that might otherwise damage your oral tissues. A good fit is crucial when playing sports. This is because you don't need to worry about your mouthguard falling out. And a mouthguard that fits well won't interfere with your ability to breathe.

3. For mountain biking

Mountain biking requires lots of protective equipment, and a mouthguard is one such piece of equipment. Due to the risk of impact and fall injuries, you need a mouthguard that fits well and stays in place as you ride. A custom mouthguard will protect your teeth as you ride and the tight but comfortable fit will allow you to breathe comfortably without the guard falling out.

4. For protecting your dental work

If you have had expensive dental work like dental implants, crowns or veneers done recently, then a custom mouthguard can come in useful sometimes. For instance, if you lift heavy weights and have a habit of clenching your teeth while lifting, a custom mouthguard can protect your dental work.

Custom mouthguards are more expensive than mouthguards purchased in a pharmacy or sports gear store. But they provide much better protection for your teeth and dental work. Because of this, if you are considering purchasing a mouthguard, speak to your dentist about custom mouthguards. A well-fitted and made mouthguard can save you from needing expensive dental treatment in future.


9 April 2021

Dental Care and Seniors: Helping to Maintain Your Smile

As you age, it can become harder to take care of your teeth. Motor challenges can make it hard to floss, while memory issues may make it easy to overlook brushing. Whether you are a senior looking for solutions to some of the common dental problems or a senior with specific questions about cavities or oral surgery, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to touch on a range of topics related to seniors and oral health. This is the type of resource I wish my mum would have had access to in her senior years, and I hope you enjoy having access to it during yours. I appreciate you reading my posts.