Everything you Need to Know about Mouthguards in Elk Grove

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Teeth damage are sometimes caused by injuries from sports or other contact activities and teeth grinding and clenching. Here at New Dental Images, we offer Mouthguard services to prevent teeth damage and lower the risk of jaw pain due to severe clenching and grinding which may lead to TMJ disorder.

What is a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards are protective plastic resin placed in the mouth to cover teeth and protect it from damage from extreme athletic activities and bruxism (excessive teeth grinding and clenching). Mouth guards are available in sports houses. However, it is advisable to have a custom-made mouth guard to provide proper fit and comfort when wearing it. Mouth guards also act as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth preventing them in contact to reduce the risk of grinding and clenching.

Advantages of Mouthguards offered in Elk Grove

  • Reduce the risk of teeth injuries
  • Tear Resistant
  • Durable and Easy to Clean
  • Odorless and Tasteless
  • Prevents soft tissue damage

Types of Mouthguards

  • Sports Mouthguards

Dental injuries are common in sports. One must wear custom-made mouthguards to protect the teeth from any damage and ensure proper fitting. Some may say that sports which require headgears do not need mouthguards however such device is necessary to provide an extra coat of protection against gums, teeth, jaw, and lips.

  • Nightguards

Most people are suffering from teeth grinding and clenching which they tend to be unaware of since it usually happens during night time when they are asleep. Teeth clenching and grinding can damage teeth enamel which increases the risk of teeth damage. Nightguards are also used to treat bruxism (excessive grinding and clenching) which may lead to TMJ disorder if left untreated. Nightguards are custom tailored for proper fitting and are made of plastic resin.

How to take care of your Mouthguard?

Proper care and maintenance of mouthguard are necessary to prevent infection and keep bacterias away from the mouth. Here are some tips on how to properly care for your mouthguard:

  • Brush and floss teeth before wearing the mouthguard
  • Do not chew the mouthguard
  • Keep the mouthguard in its container when not in use
  • After using the mouthguard, wash it with cold water (avoid hot water; it might distort the shape of mouthguard)
  • Avoid bending the mouthguard
  • If the mouthguard seems to be ill-fitting, allow the dentist to adjust it

Mouthguards play an essential role in protecting teeth from any damage. Hence it is advisable to wear a mouthguard if you are in sports or suffering from bruxism. Visit your dentist to have a properly fitted mouthguard.

For inquiries about custom-made Mouthguards in Elk Grove, call us at (916) 270-2737. You can also visit us at New Dental Images – 9275 E. Stockton Blvd, #200 Elk Grove, CA 95624.