Wear a mouthguard when you train!
When you are training hard, your muscles need to work harder too. A mouthguard will protect your teeth from injury and keep them healthy.
If you want to increase your performance, wear a mouthguard while performing exercises like squats or bench press. You can even use it during cardio workouts if you have one!
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a piece of protective material worn over your teeth to prevent injuries such as: gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental caries, tooth decay and other problems caused by bacteria in your mouth. A good quality mouthguard will fit well around your teeth and provide protection against most types of damage. They come in different shapes and sizes so you can choose the one that fits best.
How to Wear a Mouthguard?
The first thing you need to do is decide what type of mouthguard you would like. There are three main types:
Mouthguards made out of plastic (plastic mouth guards) are available in many styles and colors. Plastic mouthguards usually cost less than metal ones because they’re cheaper to make.
Metal ones may not last as long as plastic ones due to their hardness, but they offer better protection.
Mouthguards made out of metal (metal mouthguards) are available in many styles and colors. They offer the best protection against teeth knocks, but they can be quite expensive.
Custom-fitted mouthguards have been tailored to fit your exact dental structure. These are more expensive than other types of mouthguards, but due to their superior fit they’re believed to be more comfortable and effective.
Remember that a mouthguard should be soft enough to be worn comfortably in your mouth, but hard enough to protect your teeth from damage. After you’ve picked one out, here’s how you put it on:
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Rinse out your mouth with water.
Place the mouthguard into your mouth so it fills the space where your teeth are.
Push the mouthguard with your tongue so it touches all of your teeth. Be sure to check that it fits and moves easily in your mouth.
If it’s too big you can cut or trim it to make it smaller.
Check the inside to see if there are any sharp edges. If you find any sharp edges, file them down until they’re smooth.
Try making a chewing motion and check back in a mirror to see if it fits well. You need to be able to open and close your mouth easily.
If you find that it’s too big or small, try using a different mouthguard. Also, be sure the color of the guard doesn’t clash with your teeth.
If you still can’t get the right fit, you may want to try having one made at your dentist’s office.
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