Night/ Sports Guard
Night Guards Help Prevent Teeth Grinding
Do you grind your teeth at night? Many people are unaware of the condition called bruxism, in which they grind their teeth in their sleep. Sometimes people notice it from waking up with jaw pain, but usually, it’s not until their dentist sees worn tooth enamel and other symptoms during a dental cleaning. In some cases, teeth grinding could also be loud enough to wake up your partner.
Common Symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Headaches upon waking
- Sleep disruption
Sports Guards Help Prevent Impact Injuries
Nothing interrupts the game more than needing an emergency dentist. If you play a contact sport, you’ll want to talk to your dentist about getting a custom mouth guard as soon as possible. Don’t regret waiting till your teeth are throbbing or knocked out!
A custom sports guard protects upper teeth from impact injuries. For example, a football mouth guard protects your teeth and gums if you get tackled by a guy built like a refrigerator. Likewise, a basketball mouth guard protects your smile if another player extends their arms to collect a rebound and accidentally hits you in the mouth.
Mouth guards can also be used for non-contact sports (like ice skating) where there’s still the risk of injury. Your dentist will help you find the best mouth guard for your smile and the activities you love. If you or your child has braces, your dentist may create a special mouth guard that protects both the upper and lower teeth. A mouth guard for braces will stop brackets and wires from cutting into your gums, cheeks, or tongue.