There are more ways to exercise than ever before. In Farmington, we have personal trainers, all-purpose gyms, specialty facilities, and recreational sports. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we want to remind our patients that many activities pose a risk to straight teeth in Farmington NM.
Using Mouth Guards in Farmington
You might think those mouth protectors are only for ultimate fighters and football players, but mouth guards can and should be used during any activity where impact to the face is possible. This includes things like mountain biking, gymnastics, and pick-up basketball. Strong or heavy blows to the face could possibly knock a few of your teeth out, ruining your straight teeth in Farmington NM. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.
Fitting Your Mouth Guard
Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. Stock mouthguards are one-size-fits-all but rarely fit well. Patients can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in boiling water and then formed to your teeth once they are ready. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as they may have advice on avoiding burns from the hot water. Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.
The Importance of Mouth Guards
The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work. Futhermore these expensive appliances can be damaged if you take a hit to your face. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for patients with dental appliances in their mouth or for those who prefer to have straight teeth in Farmington NM. Your orthodontist may even recommend a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.
If you have questions about general dentistry or any other dental issues, please contact our office and schedule an appointment. We offer several dental services such as Invisalign clear braces, dental implants, and gum disease treatment. We look forward to meeting you.
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