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One of the most effective ways to protect your smile is with the use of a high-quality mouth guard. Mouth guards are designed to provide an additional layer of protection for your teeth and gums. They come in many varieties and some can be shaped or crafted to suit your oral health needs. Once you select your mouth guard, you will need to make sure that you take proper care of it.

There are three popular options to consider for your mouth guard:

– Boil and bite mouth guard: This type of mouth guard, is can be placed in boiling water to soften it. Once it is cool and
soft enough you bite into it so that will conform to your teeth.
– Custom mouth guard: A custom mouth guard is crafted by your dentist from an impression of your teeth. A custom mouth guard
provides the best protection for your smile.
– Stock mouth guards: Stock mouth guards can be purchased at most stores and can be worn immediately. But it will not match
your dental profile. In some situations, they may be incorrectly sized and can make breathing and speaking difficult.

Making sure that your mouth guard is properly cared for is essential. Mouth guards cannot properly do their job if they have warped or are damaged or have begun to show wear. Always keep your mouth guard in the ventilated case provided for it. You should clean your mouth guard before and after your use it. For the best results, you should get a new mouth guard at the start of each sports seasons. Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly for checkups, and be sure to bring your mouth guard in for an evaluation.

Are you ready for an oral health upgrade with a mouth guard in Tulare, California? If so, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. James C. Ma at our dental office by calling us at 559-688-4111. James C. Ma looks forward to enhancing your smile with a mouth guard.