An extremely effective method for preventing oral injury when playing a contact sport is to wear a protective mouth guard. These devices are worn over a person’s teeth, and their lightweight design offers both protection and comfort without affecting the user’s normal speaking or breathing. It has been proven that an athlete using a mouth guard is less likely to experience tooth wear, oral injury, and jaw problems when taking a direct impact to the mouth. At 32nd Street Dental, we offer mouth guards for both children and adults.
Mouth guards are used by athletes from a large number of contact sports, including baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, football, lacrosse, soccer, hockey and more. When playing these sports, there exists a high risk of experiencing oral injury and structural damage to the mouth. These risks can be greatly reduced simply by wearing a protective mouth guard. Studies have also proven that mouth guards reduce the likelihood of concussions and lacerations of the tongue cheeks and lips.
While standard mouth guards prevent injury when playing sports, night guards are designed to prevent oral injuries that occur when a person is asleep. Many people suffer from bruxism, a condition in which a person uncontrollably grinds and clenches their teeth while sleeping. If the mouth is left unprotected, this condition can cause excessive tooth wear, jaw discomfort, headaches and tooth fractures. Using a night guard can go a long way towards reducing these unpleasant symptoms and often eliminate them entirely.
If you would like to receive more information about mouth guards and night guards, please call us at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.