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As the last of the summer season comes to an end, numerous sports begin to arise. Various forms of contact sports become quite popular, with numerous teens and young adults alike partaking in them. However, contact sports are one of the primary causes of dental damage, so it is important you take the necessary steps to protect your teeth and gums. One particularly helpful form of damage prevention includes mouth guards.

Mouth guards are designed to protect your teeth and gums by placing a shield over top of them. For a customizable fit, consider going for a custom-made mouth guard or a boil-and-bite mouth guard. Both forms are designed to contour to your exact dental impression. Stock mouth guards do exist, but they do not contour to your dental impression. Speak with your dentist to determine which one is right for you.

If you do select a mouth guard, it is important to make sure that it can continue to operate as intended. This includes maintaining it by following the proper protocol. Always make sure it is clean and free of debris. If it should begin to wear down, replace it as necessary. To prevent contamination, never share your mouth guards with anyone else and never use anyone else’s mouth guard. When removing your mouth guard, never leave it in the sun or in hot water. To clean it, use soapy water and then rinse it in plain water thoroughly. It is safe to use a toothbrush and toothpaste on your mouth guard if you desire. Lastly, if you have pets or small children, always store in a place where they cannot reach it.

Are you in need of a dentist in Berlin, New Jersey? To schedule an oral exam for a mouth guard at Richard J. Gawarzewski DMD, PA, simply book an appointment at our dentist office with Dr. Richard J. Gawarzewski and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 856-767-0053. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.