A mouth guard is one of the most convenient and effective dental devices available on the market today. It serves the primary purpose of protecting the teeth from damage or trauma due to the impact from a forceful blow or collision. A lot of inaccurate and misleading information has surfaced about the mouth pieces. This is due on one hand to the information being spread by some people who try to dispel the usefulness of mouth guards and on the other by those who are not against the use of the device, but have not taken the time to learn and understand the correct way to use and care for the mouthpiece. Here are some the worst advice that you may have ever heard about mouth guards.
Mouth Guards are Unnecessary Cosmetic Dental Pieces
Like many innovative products, the thought of using a mouth guard has come under heavy scrutiny, and has been met with resistance from many people. This resistance has led to the spreading of some very inaccurate and misleading information about the device. Chief among these rumors is the advice that mouth guards are unnecessary cosmetic dental pieces that yields more benefits to the pocket of manufacturers and dentists than it does to the actual end user.
There is no denying that some dentists and suppliers misrepresent the product and pry on a genuine need of large segments of the population. The same thing happens within the pharmaceutical industry where a few ineffective medicines are passed on to consumers, but that does not mean all medicines are bad or useless.
The mouth guard, once used properly, delivers great benefits to the user. These include protecting the teeth, lips and gums when one is engaged in physical contact sports and activities, whether on the professional or recreational level. The piece acts like a buffer between the teeth, lips and gums, absorbing the impact of the blow so that the full force does not get to any tooth – the force could loosen or totally dislocate one or more teeth. The impact could also send the bottom jaw crashing into the top jaw. With a mouth guard in place, the potential injury that could result from the full impact of a blow to the head or chin is adverted.
Using a Mouth Guard Every Night Will Lead to Dependence
Depending on the intensity of the situation being corrected, for example grinding of the teeth at nights, it may be essential to wear the mouth guard every night for a suggested period of time or until the situation is corrected. Some people think this will cause individuals to become dependent on the mouth guard. Wearing a walking brace to correct a problem with the foot does not lead to dependence. Once the individual gains control or/overcomes the habit of grinding the teeth, they no longer have to wear the mouth piece. There are no indications that people became dependent and continued using mouth guards unnecessarily.
Cleaning the Mouth Guard in Very Hot Water for A Couple of Hours is Most Hygienic
This is false, false, false… Remember that hot water is used to soften the guard and make it malleable for shaping. There’s no need to soften the mouthpiece to clean it. Clean your device with cold water. The recommended way to clean your mouth guard is by brushing with a toothbrush and a little toothpaste, but it’s best to limit the use of toothpaste, as over time the silica grit in the paste can cause the guard to develop scratches which will become a harboring ground for stains. Ensure that you rinse your mouth guard every night and brush with a wet toothbrush. The case should also be kept clean. You can research other useful tips for cleaning your mouth guard.