Protective mouth guards are used by many people as a way of preventing injury and wear to the mouth, teeth and jaw. These custom-fit devices are worn over the teeth, and they are designed with comfort and protection in mind. The oral care experts at Dental American Group recommend mouth guards to people who participate in contact sports, as well as those who have trouble with teeth clenching and grinding while sleeping.
When compared with store-bought alternatives, custom-fit mouth guards provide superior levels of comfort and protection. They are built using actual impressions taken of the patient’s teeth in order to provide the best fit possible. Since they utilize top-quality, lightweight materials, they do not interfere with a person’s normal speaking or breathing.
Mouth guards are ideal for athletes who participate in contact sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, football, lacrosse, soccer and hockey. Athletes participating in these sports face a serious risk of structural damage to the jaw and mouth, and this risk can be greatly reduced with the use of mouth guards. Studies have also shown that the chances of concussions and lacerations of the tongue, lips and cheeks are lessened when wearing a mouth guard.
For people suffering from bruxism, or the unwanted habit of clenching and grinding one’s teeth while sleeping, night guards can be extremely helpful. Without night guards, a bruxism sufferer faces a risk of excessive wear and tear to their teeth. This can lead to jaw discomfort, headaches and tooth fractures. In addition to night guards, Dental American Group also offers custom-fit splints for other sleep conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and excessive snoring.
If you want to learn more about mouth guards and how they can prevent damage to your teeth, please contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our six locations across south Florida. You may call us at (786) 320-7554 to set up an appointment.