A bite guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Bite guards serve varying purposes and are often recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that bite guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear. Professional dental guards are usually prepared in a dental lab using an oral impression taken in a dentist’s office. These guards are created uniquely to each patient to prevent discomfort, slippage or inadequate protection. There are many reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard to a patient. They include:
- To protect the teeth, tongue and cheeks during sports and high-impact activities
- To protect the teeth from nighttime grinding or clenching
- To protect your teeth if they are misaligned whether they are not level, crowded, spaced, uneven or tilted
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Caring for a dental bite guard is simple. You’ll need to rinse it before and after every usage using a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste and cold water. From time to time, cleanse it with cold water and a mild soap. When not in use, store your mouth guard in a hard, ventilated container and keep it away from hot temperatures that could cause your guard to warp. Dr. Fisher offers a free, complimentary professional cleaning of your bite guard while our hygienist is cleaning your teeth. It is important to remember to bring your bite guard to every dental appointment for this free service.
If you want to visit our dentist in Houston, Texas, to experience dentistry beyond the ordinary, we invite you to contact us today.