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With a change of seasons comes a change in sports, of course, sports require equipment. For contact sports such as football or hockey, many school districts and leagues require a mouthguard as part of the equipment. But the truth is that a person involved in any sport, recreational activity or for that matter any job in which there is a chance of trauma to the mouth or the face should wear a mouthguard. This is particularly important if you wear braces or a bridge since a mouthguard will protect your teeth and your dental work.

There are three types of mouthguards: stock, boil-and-bite, and custom. A stock mouthguard be purchased any sporting goods store, box store or drugstore. They are the least expensive and they also offer the least protection since you simply put the mouthguard in before you play.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are also available in most retail outlets. You place them in boiling water, and when they have sufficiently cooled, you bite down on them and they mold themselves around your teeth. Boil-and-bite mouthguards will give a little better protection than stock guards.

For the best possible fit, and the greatest amount of protection, you should talk with your dentist about a custom mouthguard. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will then be sent to a dental lab. The lab will then craft a mouthguard that will fit your bite perfectly.

A mouthguard needs to be kept clean and in good shape. For the best results, you should get a new mouthguard at the start of each season. If someone in your family is getting ready for the start of a sports season, you should plan a visit with Dr. Debra Craig at Harmony Family Dental to have a custom mouthguard made. If you live in the Spokane, Washington, area, you can call 509-467-1562 to schedule your appointment today!