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Protect Your Teeth During Athletic Activities & Sleep with Mouthguards

Protecting your smile is always essential to keep a healthy smile and ultimately a healthy body and emotions. Injuries to the mouth, teeth, and jaw are some of the most common injuries that happen either daytime during athletic or recreational activities or while sleeping by jaw clenching & teeth grinding (a condition called Bruxism). With an estimated prevalence rate among adults between 8% to 31.4% and children between 6% to half of all kids, you and your child may grind at night and not be aware of it. 

Custom-fit dental mouth guards such as nightguards and sports guards are easy and non-invasive devices to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep, from injuries while you play sports, or from orofacial pain due to TMJ. However, not all mouthguards are the same. 

Protect & Prevent Injury

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More than 5 million teeth get knocked out playing sports every year accruing nearly $500 million in cost for care! More importantly, there is mounting evidence that custom mouthguards may help prevent concussions. 

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Mouthguard can help if you have sleep apnea or snoring by positiong the lower jaw forward therefore, opening up the airway.

Stop the Daily Grind (Bruxism)

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Mouthguards provide a barrier between the teeth absorbing the force and protecting the teeth when teeth grinding occurs. 


Benefits of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are meant to minimize the risks of injuries to your:

Types of Mouthguards

Choosing the right mouth guard is essential. There are three basic types of mouth guards:

When you choose a nightguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. A nightguard created in our office will fit all these requirements, as it will be custom-made just for your teeth.

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Benefits of Premium Custom Mouthguards

Teeth Grinding & Jaw Clenching

Teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and shifting is medically called bruxism. Bruxing is usually categorized into sleep bruxism and awake bruxism which happens to both adults & children.

Jaw clenching is characterized by when people clamp down your jaws with no other movement; teeth grinding happens when the lower jaw is tightened and moved sideways against the upper jaw. Therefore, people who clench their teeth are more likely to report aching jaw with hardly any wear marks on their teeth. on the other hand, grinding is likely to leave distinct patterns of tooth wear than can be detected during a dental examination. 

Types of Bruxism

Clenching Teeth

Grinding Teeth


The Reasons for Bruxism

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Can Bruxism Leave a Permanent Damage?

Most people probably grind teeth and clench jaws from time to time. if it happens occasionally, it does not usually cause harm, but if it happens regularly, it can cause many oral health complications and be harmful by causing damage to the teeth, jaw, and facial muscle strain.

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth; it can also affect your jaw causing TMD/TMJ or changing the appearance of your face. Severe bruxism tears teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, dental treatments such as porcelain veneers, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, complete dentures, and even full-mouth reconstruction may be needed.

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Solutions for Bruxism

The best anti-grinding teeth protectors are the professionally made and premium dental guard, known as night guards. They help you to sleep comfortably, eliminate headaches, protect teeth, and reduce jaw discomfort. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth and lightening the tension in the muscles in the jaw. However, you should be screened for sleep apnea before being fitted for a night guard.

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Taking Care of Your Mouthguard

Like a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:

Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports-related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist about mouthguards at your next dental checkup – GO, TEAM!

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Dr. Maryam Horiyat is a premier cosmetic, holistic, and biological dentist who is commonly considered an ideal choice for patients seeking the finest dental treatments. She has completed numerous simple to complex dental treatments successfully, which has helped her patients to protect their oral and overall health while achieving an incredibly beautiful look. See for yourself how rewarding dental treatments can be when you choose Dr. Horiyat to enhance and care for your smiles and health.


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