Mouth guard

Multi-purpose mouth guard


Mouth guards are dental coverings that are worn over teeth and used to protect a person’s teeth from teeth grinding at night and during certain sports activities.

It is important to note that there are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth protectors that are ready to wear, boil and bit mouth protectors that are made from thermoplastic materials and custom-fitted mouth protectors that are individually made in a dental office and created for a specific purpose such as preventing a person from grinding their teeth at night or to protect them during a sports activity.

Different types of mouthguards

Keep in mind that mouth guards usually cover a person’s upper teeth only but in some cases they can be made to protect a person’s lower teeth, too. By talking with your dentist you can find out what type of mouth guard would work the best for you. A mouth guard should resist tears, be comfortable and durable, be easy to clean and should not hinder your speech or restrict your breathing.


For those who grind their teeth at night, a special mouth guard can be created to prevent damage to a person’s teeth. Mouth guards can be used by anyone; especially those who play football, boxing, ice hockey and field hockey. In addition, those who hike on mountains or skateboard may also want to wear a mouth guard in order to protect their teeth. Also, children and adults who grind their teeth at night may want to wear a nocturnal bite plate in order to prevent wear and tear to their teeth.

Keep in mind mouth guards can be a preventative measure during sports activities because accidents can happen at any time during aggressive physical activities. Some may not know it but a mouth guard can also be worn if a person wears braces. This can be especially helpful should a person suffer an injury to his or her face and wearing braces.

Looking after your Mouth guard

There are certain steps you should take in order to care for your mouth guard such as rinsing your mouth guard with cold water or a dental rinse before and after each use, keeping your mouth guard in a firm container when storing or transporting it, protecting it from hot water, hot surfaces or direct sunlight, checking it now and then for wear and having your dentist check it out during each dental exam.

To conclude, protect your teeth from grinding at night or from a potential injury to your teeth during a sports activity with a mouth guard. Talk with a Beverly dentist such as Dr. Ben Polan about the advantages and benefits of a mouth guard. Find out how flexible and comfortable they are and how they can keep your teeth healthy and protected.