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Posted by: Reg | 2006/04/14

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Plate/Guard

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Subject: Plate/Guard
Posted by: Reg
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My brother recently asked his dentist about a mouth guard as he bites his cheeks and tongue (not on purpose). The dentist suggested a bite plate instead . It looks like a retainer. I don't see how this can help, although I could be wrong. Wouldn't a mouth guard like the boxers wear be more helpful? Thanks



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A bite plate is made specifically to fit a persons teeth, it is also designed to keep the opposing teeth slightly apart (so as not to bite the cheek for eg). A bite plate would in my opinion serve a better purpose than a conventional mouth guard that can be bought from a store.

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Posted by: G | 2006/04/18

Hi there - there is a new product that has come out by a company called Myo health. It is a bit plate that fits only in the front of your mouth.

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Posted by: Melbalina | 2006/04/17

Hi Reg. The gum guards that rugby players etc use, are not ideal in your brother's case. The reason is, the gum guards the sportsmen buy from the shops are softer than the normal bite plate and also do not always fit properly, as they are not custom made. The bite plate is hard, yet smoothed underneath. The reason for this, is so when your brother tries to clench or grind his teeth at night, they tend to slide more on this area on the bite plate, not making full contact, and relieving the problem alot. It is not a cure but will help a great deal. Good luck!

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