Talk to your Pasadena Dentist about mouth guards, especially if you or your kids participate in recreational or team sports. Mouth guards are worn over your teeth in order to protect you from injury.

There are three types of mouth guards available. These include stock mouth protectors, boil and bite and custom fitted mouth guards.

Stock protectors are ready to wear, inexpensive and can be purchased at your local sporting goods store. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to adjust the fit of stock mouth guards with most people finding them difficult to wear as they make talking nearly impossible, are bulky, and provide almost no protection.

Boil and bite mouth guards can also be purchased at most sporting good stores, and although they provide more protection than stock protectors as they are placed in hot water to shape, they are still not as good as the custom fitted mouth guards specially made by your Dentist in Pasadena.

Your Pasadena Dentist designs custom fitted mouth guards especially for you. These types of mouth protectors are made by your Dentist in Pasadena who will first make an impression of your mouth. Once the impression is made, your Pasadena Dentist will make a mold by placing special material over the impression. Custom fitted mouth guards provide more protection and comfort.

Children and adults wear mouth guards for contact and non-contact sports including wrestling, football, boxing, and hockey. If you and your family like to participate in recreational activities such as mountain biking, skateboarding or inline skating, talk to your Dentist in Pasadena about custom-made mouth guards.

Accidents happen, and if you do not wear a mouth guard when you play sports, you could be risking injuries to your gums, tongue, lips, and teeth. Mouth protectors can help protect you against nerve damage to your teeth, tooth loss, and chipped and broken teeth.

If you wear fixed appliances, such as braces, ask Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel J. Iannotti, or Dr. J. Michael Jann about custom fitted mouth protectors. Braces and other fixed appliances cannot only damage your mouth during sporting activities, but can also be damaged themselves.

More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, and that is only in the United States. Just like kneepads, shoulder pads and helmets, mouth guards should be part of your protective gear. Contact your Pasadena Dentist and schedule an appointment today for a custom fitted mouth guard.  

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