Dental Mouth Guards
Dental mouth guards are used for two main reasons: protection during recreational activities or to protect teeth against bruxism or grinding.
In either case, a professionally made and properly fitted dental mouth guard will provide much greater effectiveness than any store options such as pre-fitted or boil and bite options.
Dental Mouth Guards (Recreation)
The American Dental Association recommends the wearing that children and adults wear mouth guards in most recreational activities, especially those that could result in a blow to the face or mouth area. Dental mouth guards effectively protect against blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips, tongue, face and/or jaw. It is believed that they can also reduce the severity and incidence of concussion.
Occlusal Mouth Guards (Bruxism)
Occlusal mouth guards, sometimes called night guards, protect against bruxism, or teeth grinding and teeth clenching. Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, can also worsen the effects of periodontal disease, cause bite problems and pain or misalignment of the jaw joint (TMJ). Bruxism can also cause esthetic concerns by wearing down the teeth and changing your smile. Staining can also occur in the worn areas, which gives the smile a dull and aged appearance.
If you suffer from frequent headaches, earaches, sensitive teeth or fatigued jaw muscles, then you may be in the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth. The evidence of this can usually be seen as wear areas on the teeth or cracks caused by the heavy pressure. Our dental team can inspect your mouth and teeth to confirm if you are participating in teeth grinding or clenching, and if so, discuss the benefits of using an occlusal mouth guard, will alleviate the habit as well as halt further damage to the teeth.
Our office serves patients throughout South Florida including Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, and Coral Springs.