Children and adults love to play sports, as it is a great way to exercise and have fun. However, several sports place you at risk of injury, including within the mouth. For safety purposes, it is recommended that players taking part in certain sports where a mouthguard for protection. Here at Edison C. Louie DDS, Inc., we can help with the creation of a custom mouthguard to ensure you or your child can protect their teeth as they play.
A mouthguard or sports guard is a protector placed in the mouth over the teeth to prevent or minimize any damage from impacts. The guard will protect the teeth if a blow to the face or head takes place. When it comes to athletics, this piece of equipment is essential. Sports where the player will be subject to falls, body contact or equipment that flies through the air will need to use this type of guard.
Sports where mouthguards are most commonly used include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey. Individuals who take part in skateboarding, biking, and gymnastics can also benefit from a mouthguard as an injury to the mouth could occur.
In general, a mouthguard will cover the upper teeth and will protect against breakage as well cut lips and other injuries. Individuals who have braces or other appliances on the teeth such as a bridge may need to use a mouthguard on the bottom teeth as well.
Custom Made Mouthguards
One of the best solutions for teeth safety in sports is a custom-made mouthguard. This is a service we provide, creating a mouthguard that fits only your teeth. This type of guard will provide the most comfortable fit as the piece is created specifically for your mouth and teeth shape. This provides you with the best protection needed for the teeth and gums.
To create the guard, an impression of the teeth is made in the office. The mouthguard is then created based on a model made from the impression. Once finished, the mouthguard will fit better, feeling comfortable as the player takes part in sports activities.
A mouthguard will typically last for one sports season. Over time, the material of the guard can wear away, which makes the appliance less effective. It is important for a mouthguard to be replaced often, especially in children as their mouths continue to change. With kids, the mouth is constantly growing as teeth are developing and coming in. Having a new mouthguard created will ensure the piece fits your growing child.
Protecting Your Teeth
With contact sports, a mouthguard is a proper protection needed to take care of the mouth as well as teeth and gums. It is not uncommon for teeth to be knocked out or lips split due to contact. Wearing a mouthguard can cut down on these types of injuries.
When it comes to sports in your family, be sure that each member is protected. Find out more information about mouthguards by calling the experienced professionals here at Edison C. Louie DDS, Inc. at (714) 922-3132 today!
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, affects roughly 30 to 40 million Americans. Bruxism can have a variety of causes, from stress and anxiety to malocclusions (misaligned bites). In rare cases, bruxism can be the result of certain diseases or medications. More often than not, most people are unaware that they suffer from bruxism because it happens during sleep. This is referred to as nocturnal bruxism.
If bruxism remains untreated, it can cause the outer layers of the enamel to wear away. It can also damage existing dental fillings and crowns. It is important to treat the disorder before it causes major damage.
Those with bruxism may experience the following symptoms:
Why You May Need a Night Guard
A night guard is one of the best ways to treat nocturnal bruxism. The plastic appliance will shield your enamel from the pressures of your bite. Your night guard may take some getting used to, but after about a week it will begin to feel normal. Because it is custom-fit, you should not experience any pain or discomfort. If you chose not to wear a night guard, you might be putting yourself at risk for serious complications later down the line. Stress-reduction techniques are also a popular way to reduce the harmful effects of bruxism.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you could benefit for a mouth guard call (714) 922-3132, and schedule your consultation appointment now!