How Do I Know If I Need a Mouthguard?

Closeup of a blue and clear mouthguard on a teal background to protect teeth during sports, and nighttime grinding and clenching

Mouthguards aren’t just something that professional boxers wear. From athletic mouthguards to nightguards, they are a useful preventive appliance to protect teeth in a variety of circumstances. Choosing to not wear a well-fitting mouthguard can have dramatic consequences! A mouthguard can keep your beautiful smile full and intact and prevent the need for restorative work, such as dental bonding, crowns, and artificial teeth, to restore your smile’s appearance and full function.

Here are a couple of reasons why you might benefit from a mouthguard:

You Play Contact Sports

It’s a smart move to get yourself or your child an athletic mouthguard for participation in any type of contact sport. Playing contact sports increases your chance of experiencing an injury like a knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, broken tooth, and lip laceration. Dental accidents can happen during practice, a formal game, or a pickup game from an elbow or ball to the face, or falling. Be sure to wear your sports mouthguard whenever you play to reduce your risk of needing emergency dental care.

You Grind Your Teeth

Bruxism is a condition where someone grinds and clenches their teeth at night. You may not notice it yourself but your dentist will be able to see signs of excessive wear on your teeth. If you share a bed with someone, they may even hear your grinding at night. Bruxism can lead to severe, lasting damage without treatment. You should look into ways to lessen your stress and anxiety. Additionally, get a custom nightguard. This cushion will protect your teeth from any intense pressure and help prevent damage like chips and cracks, which could otherwise increase your risk of sensitivity and infection.

Set Up a Mouthguard Consultation!

Do you need a mouthguard? Please contact us today at Summit Family Dentistry in Littleton. We provide custom mouthguards that are specifically designed to fit the shape and alignment of your teeth for optimal protection and comfort.

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