You may draw stares when you slap in a mouth guard for beach volleyball or a day at the slopes, but if it saves your teeth, it’ll be worth it. After all, dental procedures are expensive and many of the most injuries can be prevented with a cheap piece of rubber. There are several options to choose from: a standardized, run-of-the-mill guard from the store, one you boil in the microwave to fit, or a custom mouthguard from the dentist. Those who grind their teeth in their sleep—usually an indicator of stress—should consider wearing a mouthguard while they doze to keep their teeth sharp and prevent soreness in the gums and jaw.
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