Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards

Multi-purpose mouth guards

Mouth Guards

Multi-purpose mouth guards

Beverly , MA dentist Dr. Ben Polan helps protect your teeth using Mouthguards

Multi-purpose mouth guards

Mouthguards are dental coverings that are worn over your teeth to protect mainly from sports injuries and night-time grinding. Mouthguards 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 a dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan you can find out what type of mouthguard would work best for you. A mouth guard should resist tears, be comfortable and durable, be easy to clean, and shouldn’t hinder your speech or restrict your breathing.

Different types of Mouthguards

Stock mouth protectors are store bought and ready to wear. The fit might be questionable, but they’re fine for short-term use. Boil-and-bite mouth protectors are made from moldable thermoplastic to create a tighter fit. Mouthguards can be a preventative measure during sports activities because accidents can happen at any time during aggressive physical activities. Mouthguards 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 whilst braces are installed.

For those who grind their teeth at night, a special custom mouthguard can be created to prevent damage to a person’s teeth. Mouthguards can be used by anyone; especially those who do football, boxing, ice hockey and any other kind of contact sport. 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.

Looking after your Mouthguard

There are certain simple steps you should take in order to care for your mouthguard 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.

Talk with Beverly, MA dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan about the advantages and benefits of a mouthguard. Find out how they vary in comfort and flexibility and how they can keep your teeth healthy and protected.

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3 ways to keep your gums healthy

When thinking about good oral hygiene, do you consider the health of your gums as well as your teeth? You may be surprised to learn that many people remember to brush, but neglect their gums. Since caring for both is an important part of maintaining good oral health, here are 3 simple ways to help keep your gums healthy.

Regular brushing

To achieve optimum cleaning, there are some important basics to remember. First, always wash your hands before you start to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands into your mouth. Second, use the right tools. This includes, any American Dental Association (ADA) recommended toothpaste and a soft, round-bristled toothbrush. Harder bristles can damage both your tooth enamel and gums. With these tools in clean hands:

  • Always brush at a 45 degree angle along gum line
  • Do 2-3 teeth at a time, applying soft pressure in a rolling, back and forth motion until all teeth have been cleaned
  • Rinse mouth before gently brushing your tongue from back-to-front to remove odor-causing bacteria
  • Do a final rinse to remove any remaining food particles

Proper flossing

Flossing is a crucial step in oral hygiene that is often over-looked. Done properly, it removes food, bacteria and plaque that get between teeth and below the gum line, making your next dental check-up less painful and reducing your risk of gum disease. Here’s how to do it well:

  • Start with an 18-inch piece of floss
  • Wrap around fingers for more control
  • Floss each tooth from gum line towards top/bottom of tooth in zigzag motion
  • Unwind more floss and move to the next tooth

Maintain dental check-ups

Scheduling regular appointments every six months is necessary to maintain optimum oral health. This is when your dentist does deep cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build-up before checking for early signs of gum disease, cavities, oral cancer and other issues that are significantly easier to treat when caught early on.

Learn more about keeping your gums healthy

Contact your Beverly dentist and schedule an appointment. He or she and their dental team can teach you the latest techniques for brushing and flossing and answer any questions or concerns you have about maintaining healthy teeth and gums.