Your teeth are very strong, but they can still be damaged. Keep them protected by wearing a mouthguard. There are several types of mouthguards available. At Tarpon Shores Dental, you can have a guard custom-fit to your mouth, providing the greatest comfort and best protection for you in St. Armands, Venice, and Englewood, FL.

What are mouthguards used for?

Mouthguards are worn for two main reasons, to protect the teeth from injury during sports activities and to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other. Oral injuries occur more often than you might think. That’s why sports guards are recommended for all contact sports (such as football, basketball, and soccer) and even non-contact sports like gymnastics. They may not completely prevent injury to the mouth, but they can minimize damage like chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and damage to the soft tissues in the mouth.

Teeth grinding is another threat to the health of the teeth. Known as bruxism, it often occurs at night, so many patients are unaware that they suffer from it at all. Prolonged grinding can cause the teeth to become worn or even break or fracture. Wearing a nightguard during sleep prevents the teeth from rubbing against each other.

Types of mouthguards

There are three types of mouthguards you can use to keep your teeth protected. They come at different prices and provide different levels of protection and comfort.

The most affordable type of mouthguard is a stock mouthguard. This can be found over the counter and comes preformed and ready to wear. Though convenient, stock mouthguards can be bulky and uncomfortable. They can make breathing difficult and, because they are not custom-fit to the teeth, may not provide the highest level of protection. Boil-and-bite mouthguards offer slightly more comfort. They are made of a thermoplastic material and can be molded to the shape of the teeth when they are heated up. The most effective and comfortable mouthguard, however, is a custom-made mouthguard. We offer these at Tarpon Shores Dental. We use high-quality materials and shape them to precisely fit your mouth. With a custom-fit mouthguard from our dental offices, whether a sportsguard or a nightguard, you can enjoy comfort while feeling assured that your teeth are protected.