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Is there a mouth guard that you can eat with?

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Dr. Philip Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Guards should be removed before eating to prevent coughing, choking or aspiration.

Answered 3/22/2020

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Dr. David Ostreicher answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

NO: A mouth guard works by cushioning your teeth by surrounding them with plastic or rubber. This would inhibit normal mastication (chewing and swallowing). Don't do it.

Answered 5/30/2017

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

If: If you had a badly sprained ankle that required casting, would you remove the cast to climb the stairs? If splint is new it's best to wear it 24/7, except when cleaning, and limiting yourself to a soft diet (soup, Apple sauce, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, etc.). As soon as the acute pain eases off you can begin to shorten your time in splint/orthotic.

Answered 3/22/2020

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Dr. Hilary Baskin answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

No: Please take it out to eat, clean it, and then put it back in as needed

Answered 11/19/2017

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