Night Guards and Custom Athletic Mouth Guards
Night guards are removable appliances made for several different reasons. Primarily, we make them to protect the teeth of patients who grind or clench their teeth at night. In addition, we make appliances used to help patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. We can evaluate, diagnose, and help alleviate symptoms of TMJ pain.
Athletic mouth guards are very important when playing high impact sports such as football, rugby and basketball. Dental injuries—cracked or broken teeth, fractured jaws, etc.—are the most common oral injuries in sports, and they can lead to periodontal disease and other costly, painful problems. According to the American Dental Association, mouth guards prevent about 200,000 injuries every year among high school and college athletes.
When we fit mouth guards to patients’ mouths, we take into account their personal dental history and specific needs. Custom mouth guards are comfortable, protective, flexible, and tasteless, and they have little impact on speaking and breathing.
Patients with mouth guards need to remember to take care of them. Cleaning mouth guards is simple. They must be rinsed with cold water or a mouth rinse before and after each use. Mouth guards can also be cleaned with a toothbrush. It is a good idea to wash them with cool soapy water every once in a while. Mouth guards should be stored in containers that protect them from high temperatures and allow air circulation. Patients who have mouth guards should bring their mouth guards to the office during each regular dental visit.