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Mouth Guards

Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown, New York, NY

Teeth grinding or playing contact sports puts you at risk of tooth damage and oral health complications. At Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates in Midtown Manhattan, their team of dental experts offers custom-fit mouthguards to protect your beautiful teeth and smile. Schedule an appointment by calling the New York City office or booking online today.

Mouth Guards Q & A

What are mouthguards?

Covering your teeth with a mouthguard is crucial to protect them and reduce the risk of costly dental procedures. Mouthguards are oral devices you wear over your teeth while playing contact sports or at night when you sleep. Doing so protects your teeth from grinding, jaw clenching, and injuries associated with getting hit in the mouth while playing sports.

Is a mouthguard right for me?

The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums while playing the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Gymnastics
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby 
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Other contact sports

Teeth grinding at night warrants wearing a mouthguard, as chronic grinding can wear down the enamel on your teeth, making them susceptible to sensitivity and damage. If you clench your jaw at night, you’re also at risk of gum recession. When you have braces, wearing a mouthguard is crucial to protect your mouth from injuries during sports activities.

What are the best types of mouthguards?

There are two main types of mouthguards to choose from. You can find boil-and-bite, pre-made mouthguards online or at many sporting goods stores. However, they don’t offer the same protection as custom-fit mouthguards. 

Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates offers custom-made mouthguards that fit comfortably over your teeth at night when you sleep or while playing contact sports. They are tear-resistant, long-lasting, and strong. Your dentist shows you how to wear a mouthguard properly for optimal protection.

How should I care for my mouthguard?

It’s important to take good care of your mouthguard to make it last a long time. Follow your dentist’s mouthguard care instructions, store it in a protective case, and keep your mouthguard clean. Replace it if it gets worn down. Gently scrub your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each use.

Don’t rinse mouthguards in hot water or leave them in the sun. Get a new one at the beginning of each new sports season, and don’t wear a retainer with a mouthguard. Avoid chewing on the mouthguard, and bring it with you to dental checkups to ensure a proper fit.

To protect your teeth and keep your smile beautiful, schedule an appointment with Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates by phone or online, to find out which type of mouthguard is right for you.