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If you notice that your mouth is suffering from various underlying issues associated with oral health risks such as oral accidents and injuries, it is important to set up effective guards and defense mechanisms to soften blows that you may take. If strikes are coming to your face or if you’re playing any contact sports, it’s important to make sure that you have the necessary safety equipment to keep your smile safe. One highly effective oral appliance to consider is the use of a mouth guard.

With a mouth guard in place, you can effectively help prevent damage that can arise due to oral accidents or injuries. However, there are various mouth guards to consider:

– Custom mouth guards can be crafted for your exact dental profile by your dentist.
– Boil and bite mouth guards are designed to fit in your mouth for maximum comfort, as they are designed by biting down into a soft substance to form your dental impression.
– Stock mouth guards are sometimes inefficient as they are performed, but they are ready to wear immediately.

If you have mouth guards in place, it is important to make sure that you take care of them, so they can continue to last properly. By neglecting your mouth guard, you are neglecting the benefits that it can provide. Always make sure that your mouth guard is free of contaminants by soaking it in cool, soapy water to clean it off. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly before putting it back into your mouth. When not in use, make sure to store your mouth guard in an area that it cannot be reached by young siblings or pets.

If you would like to set up an appointment with either Dr. Macon Sapp or Dr. Baxter Sapp at our dentist office in Durham, North Carolina for custom-made mouth guards, please call us at 919-489-9171. Our team at Durham Dentistry looks forward to keeping your smile safe and well-guarded.