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Holiday smiles begin with damage prevention. This includes wearing the appropriate mouth guards to prevent any facial or blunt trauma that can arise if involved in activities in which it can be present. Selecting the appropriate mouth guard and cleaning it as necessary is essential to ensure it functions as intended.

Mouth guard varieties include boil-and-bite mouth guards, stock mouth guards, and guards customized by your dentist. Consult with your dentist to determine which form of mouth guard is best for you. In addition, it is important to always care for your mouth guards to ensure they can always operate effectively. Here are a few reminders:

– Wash your mouth guards with cool, soapy water and rinse them thoroughly.

– Never store or set your mouth guards in the sun or in hot water.

– Swap out your mouth guards as needed, especially if they show signs of damage, if they no longer fit correctly, or if they are broken. Usually, children and teens need to replace their mouth guards more often as their mouths are constantly changing.

– Safeguard your mouth guards in a dry area free of moisture and bacterial buildup.

For more mouth guard treatments and care from a dentist in Hanford, California, our team at Lee F. Peterson DDS can help you. If are in need of an oral exam from Dr. Lee F. Peterson, please schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office. We can be reached at 559-584-8129.