Mouth guards help protect your teeth during physical activity or through the night.

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Athletic Mouth Guards

Did you know that the most frequent types of sports injuries to the face are dental injuries?
How can you protect you and your kids from getting their teeth knocked out or even a concussion? Mouth guards can help prevent a variety of sports injuries. There are several types of dental injuries that a mouth guard can prevent: fracture, avulsion, and luxation. These injuries can be very expensive to fix, yet a mouth guard easily protects again them. A mouth guard also helps players breathe easier and could help prevent concussion.

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Custom-fitted: These are the best at helping to prevent injuries. Dr. Wells can custom fit a mouth guard to your mouth. They are little more expensive, but still less than fixing a dental injury!
  • Stock: These are pre-formed, ready to wear mouth guards. They are quite a bit cheaper, but can be bulky and make breathing more difficult during activity
  • Boil and Bite: There mouth protectors are a bit better fit than stock guards, but don’t provide the same protection of a dentist custom-fitted protector.

Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry can custom fit a mouth guard for you or your child. According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouth guard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing.

Custom mouth guards are the best protection for your teeth during sports. They help prevent injury to the mouth, teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. They can also cushion blows that could cause jaw fractures. Recent studies show that the majority of mouth injuries occur in youth sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, gymnastics because mouth guards are not required.

Night Mouth Guards

Are you a bruxer or teeth clencher? Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, can cause serious problems to your teeth. Bruxism affects about 10 to 15 percent of adults according to the American Dental Association.

A night guard is used to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together. Night guards can be purchased over the counter, but getting one from your dentist is often a better option. Custom-fit night guards are more comfortable to wear and more durable over time.

If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you sleep, talk to Dr. Wells about getting a night mouth guard.