Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports or being active is the best way to prevent mouth-related injuries. There are two types of mouth guards available. The first is an over-the-counter product that can be found at nearly any sporting goods store. The other is a custom-fitting guard, which is only available through a dentist.
In order to adjust an over-the-counter mouth guard to your mouth, first drop it in boiling water for five seconds. Then, remove it, allow it to cool briefly, and place it into the mouth. Bite into the guard and push the tongue against the inside of the upper front teeth. Hold the guard in for 30 seconds, and then remove it and place it in cold water. Although over-the-counter mouth guards are effective, custom-made ones are preferable as they are more comfortable and personalized. Watch this video to learn more about adjusting to mouth guards.
University Associates in Dentistry provides the Chicago area with first-rate dental services. We place dental implants, provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and can fit your mouth with a custom mouth guard. Being the “Team Dentist” for the Chicago Blackhawks has given us plenty of experience in making custom mouth guards. Call us at (312) 704-5511 to learn more about our services .