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Unfortunately, your smile is vulnerable to many things, like tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion. Another thing that threatens your smile is participating in high-contact sports without wearing a high-quality mouth guard. This is because the ball, bat, tennis racket, helmet, and other hard objects could hit your mouth and cause a severe injury. This is why it’s best to wear a mouth guard while you are active.

There are three different types of mouth guards that can protect your smile, including stock mouth guards, boil-and-bite mouth guards, and custom-made mouth guards. Stock mouth guards are preformed and ready to wear. They are cheaper appliances and they can be found at most sporting goods stores. Boil-and-bite mouth guards can also be found at those same stores, and they are created from a thermoplastic material. You can customize the appliance by softening it in hot water, placing it in your mouth, shaping it by applying pressure, and then letting it cool. Custom-made mouth guards are made for your smile and will fit comfortably in your mouth. Your dentists usually make the guard, and it helps you fully protect your smile.

Mouth guards can also benefit people who do not participate in high-contact sports or activities. Those people are the ones who are victim to bruxism, which is a teeth-grinding habit. If you grind your chompers, it’s important to wear a mouth guard so your teeth can stay protected. If you’re not careful, the habit can wear down and fracture your smile.

Would you like to know more about how a mouth guard can help you? If so, call our dental team at Bullard Family Dentistry today at 903-710-2309. We will be happy to help you! We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Drs. Denison and Allen if you’re interested in protecting your smile with a custom-made mouth guard in Bullard, Texas. We look forward to helping you protect your smile!