When to Protect Your Teeth with a Custom Mouthguard

With a custom mouthguard from your Cincinnati, OH, dentist, you can protect your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues from injury. But, in order to enjoy all the protection, you need to know just when to wear it. Thankfully, you can use this guide to learn all the best times to don your mouthguard and get the most out of your investment in your dental health.

Grinding

When worn at night for teeth grinding, or bruxism, mouthguards serve as a buffer between your upper and lower teeth. The plastic material wraps around the sides and biting surfaces of your top teeth to shield them from wear as you grind. Since the plastic is softer than enamel, it wears away instead of your top and bottom tooth surfaces, reducing the risk of chips and cracks in the enamel.

Clenching

If you find yourself clenching your jaw a lot during the day, you can benefit from wearing a mouthguard as you go about your daily life. This mouthguard goes on your bottom teeth, but it works just the same as the one worn on top to stop nighttime teeth grinding. The biggest difference is that the daytime mouthguards feature a thinner material that is hardly noticeable and doesn’t get in the way of talking.

Playing Sports

When playing contact sports, it’s important to go beyond the thin universal mouthguards in protecting your teeth. With a custom-made mouthguard, you can properly shield your teeth from taking on the brunt of impacts, allowing you to focus on your performance instead. Mouthguards are also helpful while playing non-contact sports that come with a high risk of falling, like ice skating or gymnastics. Like the mouthguards used for bruxism, ones built for playing sports fit over the top teeth only.

Need to Get a Custom Mouthguard? Visit Your Cincinnati Dentist

If you’re ready to learn more about getting a custom-made mouthguard in Cincinnati, OH, just call 513-648-9900 to speak with our team at Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry. We’ll help you find a great time to swing by for an exam and to start the conversation about your mouthguard. Your dentist will help you decide if you could benefit from this protective device and understand when to best wear it.