Mouth Guards for Adults and Kids
A mouth guard is one of those things you don’t know you needed until it’s too late. Reason #1 is, they can help prevent fractured, chipped and missing teeth – all of which are expensive and exhausting to repair. Reason #2 is, a night guard can help reverse sleep apnea: a disorder that is potentially lethal.
For this reason, it is recommended that you immediately consult a dental doctor if you, your child or someone you know check any of the following boxes:
- Persistent snoring
- Persistent teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Waking up breathless for no apparent reason
- Participate in contact sports
- Have an overbite or underbite that can cut into your mouth tissue during physical activities
Here are the different kinds of mouth guards we offer at our clinic – and how they can help you.
Bruxism (grinding your teeth) and snoring are common and annoying problems that affect children and adults alike. They’re inconvenient, they’re unpleasant for those around us, and they can have unpleasant side effects. For example, bruxism slowly wears down your enamel, i.e. the hard white outer layer of your teeth. As another example, both bruxism and snoring are symptoms of sleep apnea: a disorder that can make a person suffocate and even die in their sleep.
Some forms of sleep apnea require medication – sometimes hormonal – to overcome. This is the case for “central” and “complex” apneas which originate in the nervous system. It is not, however, the case for obstructive sleep apnea, which is purely physical – and which can be eliminated with a night guard.
So whether you’re dealing with snoring, bruxism, or any other problem that bothers you during the night time, it’s imperative that you bring yourself in for a dental check-up. The same applies to your children and loved ones. You don’t want to take drugs to correct a problem that a night guard can deal with – and you definitely don’t want to live with a potentially deadly health disorder.
If your child participates in contact sports, they are likely required to wear a mouth guard. Otherwise, they risk injuring their teeth, losing them outright, or damaging their soft tissue – and missing weeks or months of on-field time in recovery.
Your cheapest option, of course, is a standard-issue “boil and fit” mouth guard. This cheap variety is available at most sports stores and some pharmacies – and is ready for use in as little as 20 minutes.
The problem is, a poorly made or poorly fitted mouthguard can do more harm than good, forcefully damaging your (or your child’s) teeth and gums during contact. They can also make it hard to breathe, requiring an open mouth to use.
This likely isn’t what you want – so if you prefer a custom-made mouth guard that fits perfectly, doesn’t obstruct breathing and lasts for years, you may want to visit our clinic. At South Shore Dental, a professional dentist will use high-grade materials and medical equipment to make a mouthguard that’s perfect for you and your sport.
If you want to learn more about the mouth guards we offer, simply call us at (781) 277-3120 for a free consultation!