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If you or your child play a sport, our dentist may recommend a mouth guard.

What Are Mouth Guards?
A mouth guard is worn over the teeth to protect the mouth from blows to the face and head. A sports mouth guard typically covers the upper teeth to protect the wearer from broken teeth, cut lips, or another injury to the mouth. A mouth guard should be worn by those who participate in sports that involve falls, body contact, or flying equipment. This includes sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, or gymnastics.

What Are the Types of Mouth Guards?
The mouth guard you choose should be resilient, comfortable, and tear resistant. There are three types of mouth guards:

– Stock Mouth Guards – Stock mouth guards are preformed and ready to wear. They are very inexpensive, but they don’t work as well as other mouth guards. Stock mouth guards are bulky, so breathing and talking may be difficult.
– Boil & Bite Mouth Guards – Boil and bite mouth guards are fitted to your smile at home. The mouth guard is boiled in water and then by biting down into the plastic, a custom fit is reached. Boil and bite mouth guards can be bought at many sporting goods stores.
– Custom-Made Mouth Guards – Custom-made mouth guards can be obtained at our dental office. As custom-made mouth guards are fitted by a professional, they provide the most comfortable fit and the most protection. Dr. Bruce Westover will take an impression of your teeth so that the mouth guard can be constructed.

For more information and to set up your next appointment with our dentist in Cottonwood, Arizona, contact our dental office at 928-634-5566 today. We look forward to helping you and your smile.