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Why Would I Need A Mouthguard?
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Salem Dentist at Fairmount Dental Center handing patient a mouthguard.A mouthguard can protect your teeth, and there are some situations that a patient may want to have that protection. At Fairmount Dental Center, we can create a customized mouthguard designed to fit your specific mouth, this will increase its comfort, your willingness to wear it and ultimately its effectiveness.

Mouthguards are a silicon appliance that is designed to be worn over your teeth. They can be helpful to patients when:

•  Playing Sports: There are some sports that will require the player to wear a mouthguard, but that does not mean that they are the only sports where a mouthguard is a good idea. Mouth injuries are the number one injury reported in most sports, including football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and more. You can protect your teeth, or your childs teeth, with a mouthguard. The biggest complaint among most people wearing a mouthguard is that they are bulky or uncomfortable, having your piece customized can vastly increase yours or your childs comfort.
•  Dealing with Bruxism: A common sleeping condition is the clenching or grinding of teeth while you sleep, this is known as bruxism. Bruxism is often temporary, but the damage can be extreme, including cracks and fractures in your teeth. Protect your teeth with a fitted mouthguard while you sleep.
•  Extreme Outdoor Activities From hiking to biking, jumping and more, your teeth can be in danger when participating in outdoor activities. You can protect your teeth with a simple mouthguard saving yourself pain, money and time in the chair.

Protecting your Child’s Smile

Your child is going to face some bumps and bruises, these will heal, but their permanent teeth will not. Your child’s permanent teeth need to be healthy for many, many years. You can help protect those teeth with a mouthguard. When your child is riding their bike, playing a team sport, skateboarding, or more, don’t just protect their shins and elbows, protect their teeth too.

Custom Mouthguards vs. Store Bought

Patients who are looking for mouthguards can find both custom mouthguards and store-bought mouthguards. Both will provide some level of protection. The large advantage to a custom mouthguard is having one that is designed to fit your mouth. This may not sound overly advantageous, but patients who find their mouthguard to be bulky or poor fitting tend not to wear them. We are happy to review mouthguards with you and make suggestions based on your needs.

Caring for Your Mouthguard

Caring for your mouthguard is simple. After each use simply give it a little rinse and store it in the container provided. Keep it out of high heat like in the car, this can weaken the plastic material. Occasionally take it into the bathroom with you and give it a quick brush or a rinse with mouthwash, this will keep it fresh and ready for wear.

Questions? Our team at Fairmount Dental Center can help!
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1524 Commercial St S.E.
Salem, OR 97302

p: (503) 967-0877

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Monday - Thursday
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