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Do I need a mouth guard?
For those who participate in sports, mouth guards are often recommended. A mouth guard can be beneficial while playing any sport but are especially important for contact sports like football, boxing, and hockey. A mouth guard can help protect the teeth, jaws, and soft tissues from injury during sport.

How does it work?
Mouth guards are designed to absorb the force of impacts to the mouth area. This blocks the force from reaching the teeth. Mouth guards are formed from a resilient, yet forgiving material. They usually cover the upper teeth, but are designed in such a way to protect the mouth, gums, and jaw as well.

What types of mouth guards are available?
The three main types of mouth guards are boil and bite, stock, and custom made. The first two types can be found in many sporting goods stores. Custom-made mouth guards, which offer the most protection, must be obtained from your dentist or orthodontist.

How do I take care of my mouth guard?
Dr. Sharon Hanne and our team emphasize the importance of cleaning your mouth guard. After use, gently brush your mouth guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Be sure to store your mouth guard in its protective case. To keep your mouth guard from melting or losing its proper shape, keep it out of the sun or hot water.

If you would like to learn more about wearing a mouth guard in Edwardsville, Illinois, and to set up your next appointment at Hanne Dental, call 618-656-9700 today.