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The dentist might suggest you use a mouthguard for different reasons. There are several different types of mouth guards. They are used to protect your teeth in certain circumstances. Their basic purpose is to protect your teeth from being damaged.
Many dentists recommend mouthguards. In most cases, it is either for teeth grinding or for participating in sports and high impact activities. A dental professional may suggest you wear a mouthguard when you are sleeping if he suspects you grind your teeth while you sleep. Wearing a night guard will keep your teeth from becoming damaged.
You may also want to wear a mouthguard if you participate in a sport that has a lot of contact, involves falling or objects that could hit you in the mouth. Hockey, basketball, skateboarding, football and baseball are all examples of high impact sports in which you want to use a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
A mouthguard is usually worn over the top teeth. They provide cushioning to help prevent teeth from becoming broken or chipped. If you wear braces, a dentist might recommend a special mouth protector to keep you from cutting your mouth while being active.