My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Custom Sports Guards And How To Clean Them

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If you or your kids regularly participate in contact sports, such as basketball, baseball, soccer, or football, a sports mouthguard could be a great investment. A customized sports guard is created from an impression of your oral cavity. The dentist prepares the impression and sends it to a laboratory for the fabrication of the guard. Thus, the device fits the contours of your mouth to comfortably and effectively protect your teeth.

Here is a bit of information about mouthguards designed for sports and how to clean them.

Sports Guards Versus Nightguards

In dentistry, different mouthguards are used for different purposes. A sports mouthguard is not the same as a nightguard.

Nightguards are used to prevent damage from dental grinding. Many people suffer from a condition called bruxism, which is the nightly grinding and clenching of the teeth.

Since people who suffer from the condition often grind their teeth at night, they are unable to stop the action at will. A night guard places a shock-absorbent barrier between the teeth of the upper and lower palates, reducing the resulting bite pressure and enamel erosion incurred by the teeth.

Sports guards are also shock-absorbent, but they help prevent impact damage that may occur from blows to the mouth. The guards, which are customized, can even be used by athletes who wear braces.

The sports mouthguards protect the teeth, while also protecting the soft tissues of the inner cheeks and lips from being snagged or torn by the wires and brackets of braces.

How Do You Sanitize a Sports Guard for Reuse?

Your sports guard should be cleaned after every use. Nevertheless, cleaning the device does not require complicated tools or materials. Here are a few items that you can use to clean your sports mouthguard:

  • Toothbrush. Gently scrubbing your mouthguard with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help dislodge any plaque or debris.
  • Water and soap. Rather than toothpaste, wash your mouthguard with water and soap. The soap will kill germs but is not as abrasive as toothpaste, which can scratch the appliance.
  • Denture cleaner. You can also soak your guard in a cleanser that is made for dental appliances, such as denture cleaner.

Once your sports guard is clean, be sure to allow it to dry fully before wearing it again. Allowing the device to dry helps discourage the growth of bacteria on its surfaces.

To have a sports mouthguard custom-designed for the contours of your mouth, schedule a consultation with a dental provider in your local area. Your family dentistry service provider can make a mold and have a mouthguard made for you.


8 November 2021