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Dr. Vito Gallucci Family Dentistry
250 Wyecroft Road Suite #8
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3T7
(905) 844 - 2401
Fax: (905) 844 - 2138
galluccifamilydentistry@bellnet.ca

Other Languages Spoken: Italian, Portuguese, French and Lebanese

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Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. There are three types of mouth guards:

- Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky and make breathing and talking difficult and they provide little or no protection. These are the least recommended.

- Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

- Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office. First, Dr. Gallucci will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and best fit and protection.


Mouth Guard

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Dr. Gallucci can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard
Mouth guards should be used by anyone - both children and adults - who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, martial arts and field hockey. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.